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AARP The Magazine Announces Nominees for the 16th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards

The Best Movies for Grownups to be Honored at Annual Awards in Los Angeles On Monday, February 6, 2017, Hosted by Actress Margo Martindale

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The editors of AARP The Magazine today announced the nominees for the 16th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards, with La La Land, Lion, Loving, Manchester By the Sea, Silence and Sully contending in the “Best Picture” category. The Awards celebrate 2016’s standout films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind—and recognizes the inspiring artists who make them. Three-time Emmy award-winning film and stage actress Margo Martindale will host the star-studded evening to be held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. on the evening of Monday, February 6th. Event proceeds benefit AARP Foundation, which helps struggling people age 50-plus in Los Angeles and around the country transform their lives through programs, services and legal assistance.

In the “Best Actress” category, nominations go to Annette Bening (20th Century Women), Sally Field (Hello, My Name is Doris), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), and Tilda Swinton (A Bigger Splash). In the “Best Actor” category, Warren Beatty (Rules Don’t Apply) is nominated alongside Tom Hanks (Sully), Michael Keaton (The Founder) Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), and Denzel Washington (Fences).

The nominees for “Best Supporting Actress” are Viola Davis (Fences), Nicole Kidman (Lion), Helen Mirren (Eye in the Sky), Molly Shannon (Other People), and Sigourney Weaver (A Monster Calls). In the “Best Supporting Actor” category, Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Kevin Costner (Hidden Figures), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences), Issey Ogata (Silence), and Timothy Spall (Denial) are nominated. The 2016 Movies for Grownups® nominees for “Best Director” are Clint Eastwood (Sully), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water), Martin Scorsese (Silence), and Denzel Washington (Fences). Additionally, Morgan Freeman will be presented with the esteemed Movies for Grownups® Career Achievement Award.

“We are really excited to announce the 2016 nominees for the 16th annual Movies for Grownups Awards,” says Myrna Blyth, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director for AARP Media. “It’s been a powerful year of smart and compelling filmmaking and brilliant performances that speak directly to an audience with a grownup state of mind.”

The complete list of the 16th Annual Movies for Grownups® Award Nominees:

  • Best Picture: La La Land; Lion; Loving; Manchester By the Sea; Silence; Sully
  • Best Actress: Annette Bening (20th Century Woman); Sally Field (Hello, My Name is Doris); Isabelle Huppert (Elle); Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins); and Tilda Swinton (A Bigger Splash)
  • Best Actor: Warren Beatty (Rules Don’t Apply); Tom Hanks (Sully); Michael Keaton (The Founder); Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic); Denzel Washington (Fences)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences); Nicole Kidman (Lion); Helen Mirren (Eye in the Sky); Molly Shannon (Other People); Sigourney Weaver (A Monster Calls)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water); Kevin Costner (Hidden Figures); Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences); Issey Ogata (Silence); Timothy Spall (Denial)
  • Best Director: Clint Eastwood (Sully); Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea); David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water); Martin Scorsese (Silence); Denzel Washington (Fences)
  • Best Screenwriter: Pedro Almodóvar (Julieta); Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese (Silence); Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea); J.K. Rowling (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them); August Wilson (Fences)
  • Best Comedy: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie; Florence Foster Jenkins; Hello, My Name is Doris; La La Land; My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  • Best Grownup Love Story: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis (Fences); Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins); Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2); Margo Martindale and Richard Jenkins (The Hollars); Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons (The Meddler)
  • Best Documentary: Big Sonia; Everything Is Copy; Maya Angelou; The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; Still I Rise; Tower
  • Best Intergenerational Film: A Monster Calls; 20th Century Women; Fences; Lion; The Hollars
  • Best Buddy Picture: Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie); Stephen McKinley Henderson and Denzel Washington (Fences); Jude Law and Colin Firth (Genius); John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman (The Founder); Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling (The Nice Guys)
  • Best Time Capsule: Hidden Figures; Jackie; Loving; Rules Don’t Apply; The Founder
  • Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up: Kubo and the Two Strings; Moana; Sing; The Jungle Book; Zootopia
  • Best Foreign Language Film: A Man Called Ove (Sweden); Aquarius (Brazil); Elle (France); Our Last Tango (Argentina); The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Germany)

With weekly news and reviews, nationwide screenings, and an annual awards event, the Movies for Grownups® initiative champions movies for grownups, by grownups.  

For more information about AARP’s Movies for Grownups® Awards, go to The entire list of award winners will also be featured in the February/March Issue of AARP The Magazine, available in homes February 1st.


About AARP The Magazine’s Movies For Grownups® Awards’ Philanthropic Goals:
The annual Movies for Grownups®  Awards raises funds for AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, which helps struggling people 50-plus in Los Angeles and around the country transform their lives through programs, services and vigorous legal advocacy. The foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, functional and affordable housing, steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds.

AARP Foundation is active in Los Angeles. It is working with the Motion Picture &Television Fund (MPTF) to develop programs to reduce social isolation among older people, by keeping them connected with their friends, families and neighborhoods.  AARP Foundation also is the founding sponsor of L.A. Kitchen, where California produce considered “waste” is used to make healthy meals for those in need.

About AARP The Magazine:
With more than 37 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the world's largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50-plus. 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 Twitter:

About AARP:
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit or follow @aarp and our CEO @JoAnn_Jenkins on Twitter.

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