This year, according to the criteria, the best movie was “The Best Marigold Hotel’, the best actress was Judi Dench in “The Best Marigold Hotel”, and the best actor was Denzel Washington in “Flight”.
The complete list is here.
“The Best Marigold Hotel” was the top pick from a crop that included these so-called “we also loved” movies: “Hitchcock”, “Lincoln”, “Les Miserables”, and “The Sessions’.
AARP said, “Each film speaks in a unique way to grownups, the most discerning movie audience of all.”
Dame Dench, who was part of an ensemble cast of retirees in a not-what-it-was-advertised India resort, was the Best Actress 50-plus over Ann Dowd in “Compliance”, Helen Mirren in “Hitchcock”, “Emmanuelle Riva in “Amour”, and Meryl Streep in “Hope Springs”.
Washington played the pilot Whip Whitaker in “Flight” who, in becoming a hero found unwanted attention. AARP’s also loved in this Best Actor 50-plus category were Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln”, John Hawkes in “The Sessions”, Anthony Hopkins in “Hitchcock”, and Jean-Louis Trintigant in “Amour”.
The Best Actor 50-plus nod went to Steven Spielberg for “Lincoln”.
The Best Supporting Actress 50-plus went to Jacki Weaver” for “Silver Lining Playbook.”
John Goodman was the Best Supporting Actor 50-plus for “Flight”.
The Best Screenwriter 50-plus nod went to Ben Lewin for “The Sessions” and the best Grownup Love Story went to Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins in “Hitchcock”.
It’s always interesting to see how the Academy Awards ultimately line against the AARP’s awards. The full Oscar nomination list can be found here. The awards will be broadcast on ABC on Feb. 24 beginning at 7 Eastern Time.