Breakaway Accomplishment: Terry Bradshaw, Failure to Launch
“I am not a movie star!” Bradshaw protested on the AARP Movies for Grownups radio show. Still, after his turn as a riotously exasperated dad with a stay-at-home son, he may have to reconsider.
Best Documentary: 51 Birch Street
Director Doug Block’s mother dies. Then Dad marries his secretary from 40 years ago. Then Block finds Mom’s secret diaries. And then things really get interesting. The central question: How much do you really want to know about your parents?
- 49-Up: Michael Apted’s every-seven-years look at a group of British men and women finds them all facing middle age.
- An Inconvenient Truth: The biggest thaw of all is in Al Gore, who’s disarmingly charming in this global warming lecture film.
- Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater: The one-time presidential candidate’s granddaughter, C.C. Goldwater, takes a fresh and surprisingly honest look at a man who changed American politics.
- Wordplay: Crossword puzzles are exciting. Really.
Best Intergenerational Movie: Akeelah and the Bee
Some were skeptical about a movie produced by Starbucks. But if at times it’s a big, sweet Venti Caramel Macchiato of a film, it’s also a compelling portrait of generations pulling together to help an 11-year-old girl go from ghetto to greatness in a national spelling bee.
- Aurora Borealis: Solemn themes of depression, dementia, and suicide permeate this story of a young man’s last-ditch effort to relate to his grandfather.
- Brooklyn Lobster: The Giorgio clan (headed by Danny Aiello and Jane Curtin) struggle to save the family seafood shop.
- Little Miss Sunshine: A splintered family heading west for a beauty pageant puts the fun into dysfunctional.
- Quinceanera: Rejected by their families, a pregnant Latino teen and her gay cousin find shelter in the Echo Park, Los Angeles, home of their great-granduncle.
Best Grownup Love Story: Blythe Danner and Tom Wilkinson, The Last Kiss
It was aimed at the young adult market, but the heart and soul of this romantic comedy starring youngsters Zach Braff and Jacinda Barrett was the nuanced relationship between the ingenue’s parents. Deeply troubled themselves, each parent has a heart-to-heart talk with the youngsters, explaining the complex nature—and deepest rewards—of grown-up love.
- Louise Fletcher/Donald Sutherland, Aurora Borealis
- Sally Kellerman/Len Cariou, The Boynton Beach Club
- Kristin Scott Thomas/Rowan Atkinson, Keeping Mum
- Naomi Watts/Edward Norton, The Painted Veil
Other Nomination Categories
Best Comedy for Grownups: Little Miss Sunshine
- Failure to Launch
- For Your Consideration
- Keeping Mum
- Thank You For Smoking
Foreign Language Film : The Lives of Others (Germany)
- Le Petit Lieutenant (France)
- The Syrian Bride (Israel)
- Volver (Spain)
- Water (India)
Best Movie Time Capsule: Hollywoodland (1950s)
- Bobby (1968)