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WASHINGTON, DC—The Theory of Everything, the biographical romantic drama depicting the physical and emotional journey of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, has earned the 2014 Movies for Grownups® Best Picture award from the editors of AARP The Magazine. Celebrating 2014’s standout filmmakers, actors, actresses and movies that bear unique relevance for the 50+ audience, AARP today announced the official winners of its 14th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards.
Top honors go to Julianne Moore as “Best Actress” for her heartbreaking portrayal of a woman’s battle with early onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice, and to Steve Carell as “Best Actor” for his chilling depiction as wannabe wrestling coach John E. du Pont in Foxcatcher. Rene Russo snags “Best Supporting Actress” for her comeback role in Nightcrawler; and J.K. Simmons earns the title of “Best Supporting Actor” for his menacing veracity in Whiplash. Additionally, Kevin Costner will also be presented with the esteemed Movies for Grownups® Career Achievement Award. This year’s award recipients will be celebrated at AARP’s Annual Movies for Grownups Gala, to be held in Los Angeles on February 2nd and hosted by comedian and actor John Leguizamo.
“The films represented on this year’s list are a reflection of Hollywood’s increased focus on creating compelling storylines that directly appeal to the 50+ audience,” said Bob Love, Editor-in-Chief of AARP The Magazine. “We’re thrilled to see the continued growth in the number of large, studio-driven films that focus on this important demographic and are extremely excited to recognize this year’s best writers, directors, and actors over 50 for their inspirational and exceptional work at our annual awards gala.”
The 14th Annual Movies for Grownups® Award winners are:
- Career Achievement: Kevin Costner
- Best Picture: The Theory of Everything
- Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
- Best Actor: Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
- Best Supporting Actress: Rene Russo, Nightcrawler
- Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
- Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
- Best Screenwriter: Nick Hornby and Cheryl Strayed, Wild
- Best Grownup Love Story: Love is Strange
- Best Comedy: Chef
- Best Documentary: Keep on Keepin’ On
- Breakthrough Achievement: Israel Horovitz, Director, My Old Lady
- Best Intergenerational Film: St. Vincent
- Best Buddy Picture: Land Ho!
- Best Time Capsule: Big Eyes
- Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up: The Lego Movie
- Best Foreign Film: Diplomacy
The awards gala will raise funds for the AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, which works in communities across the nation to help struggling older adults meet their basic need for nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, adequate income and much-needed personal connections. With support from Chase Credit Card Services, this year’s Gala will also support the Foundation’s work to end older adult hunger.
For more information about AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards, go online to http://www.aarp.org/content/aarp/en/home/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-2015/mfg-winners-2015-photo.html#slide1 and www.aarp.org/movies. The entire list of award winners will also be featured in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine, available in homes February 1st.
Movies for Grownups, which now includes weekly reviews an award-winning radio program, an annual film festival, and year-round coverage in AARP The Magazine and online, was started in 2002 by the editors of AARP The Magazine.
AARP The Magazine
With more than 35.2 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the world's largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50+. AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer interest information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is published bimonthly in print and continually online. Learn more at www.aarpmagazine.org.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.