Washington, DC (March 11, 2003) - Today, AARP The Magazine announced the winners of the second annual "La Chaise d'Or" awards, honoring filmmakers and performers who dare to make movies that honestly reflect the interests, concerns and passions of people over 50. This year's winners will be featured in the May/June AARP The Magazine.
"Hollywood is finally realizing that movies for adults can be both commercially and critically successful," said AARP The Magazine Editor-in-Chief Hugh Delehanty. "And our second annual 'La Chaise d'Or' awards honor these efforts and encourage the trend."
The 2003 "La Chaise d'Or" winners are:
- Best Movie for Grownups - "About Schmidt" (Director: Alexander Payne)
"Thanks in large part to Nicholson, Schmidt is one of the most perceptive, honest comedies ever made about life beyond 50."
- Best Actor - Jack Nicholson (About Schmidt)
"Eschewing his trademark smirks and raised eyebrows, Nicholson creates a character who is a truly ordinary, smaller-than-life man who nonetheless manages to capture moviegoers' emotions."
- Best Actress - Meryl Streep (Adaptation)
"We were bowled over by her fictionalized portrayal of Susan Orlean - starting out as an all-business feature reporter and winding up a murderous drug fiend."
- Best Breakaway Performance in an Unexpected Role - Richard Gere (Chicago)
"Who'd have thought that behind those American Gigolo eyes and that Officer and a Gentleman chin hid the soul of a song and dance man?"
- Best Director - Roman Polanski (The Pianist)
"At age 7, Roman Polanski barely escaped the Nazis in Poland. Sixty years later, he's drawn on that experience to make perhaps his most moving film"
- Best Screenwriter - David Hare (The Hours)
"They said it couldn't be done, but David Hare's script from Michael Cunningham's novel manages to simultaneously track three women in three eras."
- Best Foreign Film - "Monsoon Wedding" (India) (Director: Mira Nair)
"The bride's dad reflects on its universal themes: 'If only their lives are happy...for that I am willing to take on every trouble, every sorrow in the world.'"
- Best Intergenerational Film - "Road to Perdition" (Director: Sam Mendes)
"Perdition is the dark saga of a hitman (Tom Hanks), on the lam with his young son and marked for death by his virtual adoptive father (Paul Newman). But it's also a portrait of a dad, his ugliest truths exposed to his child, trying to salvage their bonds."
- Best Grownup Love Story - The Gathering Storm (Albert Finney/Vanessa Redgrave)
Finney's and Redgrave's scenes portray the stresses of long-time love - and the gravity that can seal it."
- Best Documentary - "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" (Director: Paul Justman)
"Quick: Who made more number one records than Elvis, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones combined? Meet the Funk Brothers, Motown records' unsung studio musicians of the 1960s."