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2014 Movies for Grownups Awards

From space-age thrills to historic shame, we pick the year's best films and performances

Breakthrough Accomplishment: Mary Steenburgen, Last Vegas

Mary Steenburgen mesmerizes all four guys in "Last Vegas" and sings the hell out of this role. — CBS Films

Breakthrough Accomplishment

Mary Steenburgen, Last Vegas

She's already won an Oscar and is one of TV's most welcome faces; now, for her role as an aspiring Vegas lounge singer, Steenburgen, 60, reveals herself to be a first-rate vocalist (and she even wrote her own song).

Best Buddy Picture

Last Vegas

At first glance, writer Dan Fogelman's tale of four old pals meeting up in Vegas seems like superficial fun; by the end, it's a surprisingly thoughtful look at the profound importance of lifelong friendship.

Watch: 'Last Vegas' movie trailer

Best Time Capsule

American Hustle

Maybe it's the spot-on music choices; perhaps it's Jeremy Renner's Chris Isaak-style quiff hairdo. Director David O. Russell and production designer Judy Becker have infused their screen, end-to-end, with the go-go essence of late-'70s-early-'80s America.

Watch: 'American Hustle' movie trailer

We Also Loved: Lee Daniels' The Butler | Dallas Buyers Club | Inside Llewyn Davis | The Wolf of Wall Street

Saving Mr. banks (Francois Duhamel/Disney Enterprises, Inc.)

Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) shows Disneyland to "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) in Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks." — Disney

Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up

Saving Mr. Banks

Walt Disney's efforts to woo Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers into selling him the rights to her now so-well-known children's story makes for a fascinating film and conjures up memories of our own childhood movie experiences. In revealing Mary's roots in P.L.'s own early years, it also savvily reminds us that even when we've grown up, the child we were in the past is never far from the surface.

Watch: 'Saving Mr. Banks' movie trailer

We Also Loved: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 | Frozen | The Lone Ranger

Bill Newcott writes about Movies for Grownups and other entertainment stories for AARP Media.

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