AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine, today announced the winners of its sixth annual Movies for Grown-ups Awards. From Best Movie to Breakaway Accomplishment to Best Actor and Actress, AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grown-ups Awards honors a range of cinematic accomplishments in 13 categories, all of which are featured in the March/April issue, available February 1, 2007.
Top honors went to The Last King of Scotland—an unblinking look at the rise and brutal reign of Uganda strongman Idi Amin—which was named this year’s Best Movie for Grownups.
“It’s great that Hollywood is finally realizing that actresses 50 and over can be as compelling, fierce, and sexy as stars half their age,” said Bill Newcott, film editor of AARP The Magazine and host of AARP’s weekly “Movies for Grownups” radio show. “With nearly half of all movie tickets bought by people 40 and over, I hope we’ll continue to see more great parts for veteran actresses, along with more grownup romance stories. And if people want to credit the Movies for Grownups awards with raising that awareness, well, we’re not about to argue with them.”
Donald Sutherland was awarded Best Actor 50 and Over for his role as a defiant Parkinson’s patient in Aurora Borealis. And Helen Mirren, starring as Queen Elizabeth in the days surrounding the death of Princess Diana in The Queen, was named Best Actress 50 and Over. Clint Eastwood took the top honor as best director for his two-part World War II saga, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.
The 2007 Movies For Grown-Ups Award winners will be presented with the coveted La Chaise d’Or trophy—The Golden Chair—a whimsical trophy in the shape of a Barcalounger, at a private gala awards dinner held at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles on February 6, 2007. The event will be hosted by Oscar winner Kathy Bates (Misery) and Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen (The West Wing), with Blythe Danner, Louise Fletcher, and Lassie among those confirmed to attend and accept awards. Terry Bradshaw (Failure to Launch) will accept his award via video.
The 2007 Movies For Grownups ® Award winners are as follows:
Best Movie for Grownups: The Last King of Scotland
With Forest Whittaker’s ferocious performance as Idi Amin, director Kevin Macdonald challenges us to stare into the face of evil—and makes us hope we’d never be seduced by the lure of proximity to power.
- Aurora Borealis: This intimate portrait of a devoted older couple and their struggling grandson is the most life-affirming movie featuring a Parkinson’s patient you’ll ever see.
- Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima: Amid the carnage, director Clint Eastwood discovers the shared humanity of World War II foes.
- The Illusionist: This magical mystery unfolds with the deliberate patience of a confounding card trick.
- Little Miss Sunshine: This is the funniest movie of the year.
- The Queen: This terrifically authentic look at what happens behind closed throne-room doors allows us to better understand Queen Elizabeth II’s stoicism after the death of Princess Diana.
Best Actor: Donald Sutherland, Aurora Borealis
He plays a prisoner of Parkinson’s Disease with such smoldering fire that even as his character disappears into himself he remains defiant, compassionate, and surprisingly triumphant.