AARP The Magazine celebrates Movies for Grownups® Awards

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        AARP The Magazine’s 19th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards were held Jan. 11 at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. The event celebrated 2019’s standout films with unique appeal to moviegoers 50-plus and recognizing the inspiring artists who make them.
        For nearly two decades, AARP’s Movies for Grownups program has championed movies for grownups, by grownups, by advocating for the 50-plus audience, fighting industry ageism, and encouraging films that resonate with older viewers. Hosted by iconic screen and stage performer Tony Danza, the star-studded awards ceremony included a touching tribute to Career Achievement Award honoree, Annette Bening. Bening spoke about the power of shared purpose, vulnerability and camaraderie in filmmaking as Tinseltown’s elite turned out to laud her.
        Other highlights of the evening included a special appearance by Diane Ladd, who presented Best Supporting Actress award to daughter Laura Dern for her performance in “Marriage Story,” returning a gesture daughter gave to mom at Movies For Grownups four years ago.
        Rock and pop legend Linda Ronstadt earned a prolonged standing ovation for Best Documentary, “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” presented by her friend of three-plus decades Maria Muldaur. Conan O’Brien hilariously cut down Adam Sandler, as the “desperate” Best Actor awardee descended on the stage before O’Brien could finish talking up Sandler’s performance in “Uncut Gems.” And Finn Wittrock presented the Best Actress award to Renée Zellweger for portraying “Judy” 80 years after Garland starred in “The Wizard of Oz.”
        The Awards ceremony will be broadcast by Great Performances on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at 6 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), and will be available to stream the following day on and the PBS Video app.
        The complete list of the 19th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Winners
        • Career Achievement: Annette Bening;
        • Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups: “The Irishman”;
        • Best Actress: Renée Zellweger (“Judy”);
        • Best Actor: Adam Sandler (“Uncut Gems”);
        • Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”);
        • Best Supporting Actor: Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”);
        • Best Director: Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”);
        • Best Screenwriter: Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”);
        • Best Ensemble: “Knives Out”;
        • Best Documentary: “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice”;
        • Best Intergenerational Film: “The Farewell”;
        • Best Foreign Language Film: “Pain & Glory” (Spain);
        • Readers’ Choice: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”;
        • Best Time Capsule: “Harriet.”
        Consumer Cellular is the presenting sponsor for the Movies for Grownups Awards. Event proceeds benefit AARP Foundation, which works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults in Los Angeles and across the country to build economic opportunity and social connectedness.
        AARP's Movies for Grownups advocates for the 50-plus audience by fighting ageism in the entertainment industry and encouraging films that resonate with older viewers. With weekly news and reviews, nationwide screenings and an annual awards event, AARP champions movies for grownups, by grownups. For more information go to
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