At the box office, young people still hold the buying power -- sending caped crusaders and archery-loving heroines to the top of the charts.
Iron Man and Katniss Everdeen don’t mean much, however, to the editors at AARP’s The Magazine -- the publication aimed at the 50-plus set. This week, the magazine released the winners of its 13th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, which -- no surprise here -- honor films for mature audiences.
Many of the winners on AARP’s list have been staples on the award-season circuit over the last few months. The lead actress nod, for instance, went to 79-year-old Judi Dench for her performance in the British dramedy “Philomena,” while 77-year-old Bruce Dern was recognized for his turn in “Nebraska.” Meanwhile, Steve McQueen’s critical darling “12 Years a Slave” -- considered a frontrunner for the best picture prize at the Oscars -- was named the ultimate movie for grownups.
There were, of course, some more, uh, interesting selections. Best buddy picture went to “Last Vegas,” starring Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline, Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman as four friends celebrating a bachelor party in Sin City. Roughly 47% of the moviegoers who saw the film on its opening weekend in November were over the age of 50.
At 43, Ethan Hawke is the youngest nominee of the bunch, nominated alongside cowriters Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater for their “Before Midnight” screenplay.
AARP will host a gala to celebrate its honorees in Los Angeles on Feb. 10. The full list of winners follows.
Best Movie for Grownups: “12 Years a Slave”
Best Actress: Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Best Actor: Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Best Supporting Actress: Oprah Winfrey, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
Best Supporting Actor: Chris Cooper, “August: Osage County”
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Best Screenwriter: Richard Linklater (with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke), “Before Midnight”
Best Grownup Love Story: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, “Enough Said”
Best Comedy: "The Way Way Back”
Best Intergenerational Movie: "Nebraska”
Best Documentary: “20 Feet From Stardom”
Breakthrough Accomplishment: Mary Steenburgen singing in “Last Vegas”
Best Foreign Film: "Renoir”
Best Buddy Picture: “Last Vegas”
Best Time Capsule: "American Hustle”
Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up: "Saving Mr. Banks”
Judge’s Award for Extraordinary Merit: "All Is Lost”
Reader’s Choice: “The Butler”