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A great list of movies for and by grown-ups

By Peter DiMaria

Nominees for award

We all like to watch good movies, but sometimes we just cannot decide which ones to pick out of the many options out there. Even more frustrating is to try to find films that make sense for us, particularly grown-ups over 50 years old, like myself. There are so many movies made for kids that it becomes very difficult.

That’s why I really love this initiative by the AARP, to concede an award to the best movies made or starred by “grown-ups”, people 50 y.o. or older. The list of movies, actors, and actresses nominated, by itself, is already a memorable watch list. 

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These are also great suggestions for a program for caregivers and their loved ones. 

Some of the movies, like “The Post” or " The Last Jedi" are already on the big screen in Enfield, Manchester, West Springfield and elsewhere. Others are coming up and it is worthy to stay tuned.

Besides being a great list of movies on its own, the AARP Award categories are also helpful for caregivers who would like to spend a good time with their loved ones. It includes, for example, " Best Grownup Love Story" for those who enjoy romances, "Best Time Capsule" for those who like historical pictures and "Best Intergenerational Movie" to integrate kids and grownups in the same program.

This award, the nominees and their role in the movies industry reflect the changes we have been going through, as a society. They show that it is possible for older adults to keep working in productive, engaged careers. The statistics confirm it: 85 percent of the world’s top-grossing film stars are over 50 years old, as the entertainment industry increasingly values mature talents.

The awards ceremony will be hosted by Allan Cummins, on February, 5, and televised on PBS on February, 23, 9 pm.

Here's the list of nominees:

Best Movie for Grownups

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Reginald Hudlin, Marshall

Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World

Steven Spielberg, The Post

Kenneth Branagh, Murder on the Orient Express

Best Actress

Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul

Salma Hayek, Beatriz at Dinner

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards

Meryl Streep, The Post

Annette Bening, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Best Actor

Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Tom Hanks, The Post

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Supporting Actress

Holly Hunter, The Big Sick

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Melissa Leo, Novitiate

Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Laurence Fishburne, Last Flag Flying

Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Best Screenwriter

James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name

Anthony McCarten, Darkest Hour

Steven Rogers, I, Tonya

Aaron Sorkin, Molly's Game

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water (co-written with Vanessa Taylor)

Best Ensemble

Get Out

Girls Trip

Last Flag Flying


Murder on the Orient Express

Best Grownup Love Story


Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

The Greatest Showman

The Leisure Seeker

Our Souls at Night

Best Time Capsule

Battle of the Sexes

Darkest Hour


I, Tonya

The Post

Best Intergenerational Movie

The Big Sick

The Florida Project

Lady Bird

Marjorie Prime


Best Documentary


Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

I Am Not Your Negro

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

Best Foreign Film

Chavela (Mexico)

The Insult (Lebanon)

Like Crazy (Italy)

A Taxi Driver (South Korea)

The Women’s Balcony (Israel)