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Movies for Grownups Awards 2003

Honoring filmmakers and performers who dare to create pictures for people over 17

Best Grownup Love Story
The Gathering Storm
(HBO)
Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave

He barks, she bristles. Playing Winston and Clementine Churchill, Finney and Redgrave portray the stresses of longtime love—and the gravity that can seal it.

Runners-up: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, fragile Ellen Burstyn and firm James Garner; Moonlight Mile, grieving parents Susan Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman; Never Again, hot-blooded Jill Clayburgh and Jeffrey Tambor.

Best Movie Time Capsule
Catch Me If You Can

Directed by Steven Spielberg

More than 1960s cars and hairdos, Catch Me If You Can captures the exotic aura of early jet travel. Kids clamor for a pilot's autograph. Passengers stride excitedly through sleek, wing-inspired terminals. These really were the friendly skies.

Runners-up: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, a '70s game-show tack fest; Far From Heaven, the cars...the houses...the shoulder pads; Road to Perdition, the Depression, only more depressing.

Best TV Movie
Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay

Directed by Ed Gernon

Even if it didn't star Shirley MacLaine, this CBS bioflick about cosmetics queen Mary Kay Ash would triumph as a portrait of a rebel who gives ageism and sexism the brush-off.

Runners-up: Martin and Lewis, one sang, one schticked, we were in stitches; The Path to War, before our eyes, LBJ sinks into Vietnam.

Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up
Spirited Away

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

A girl rescues her parents (turned into pigs by evil spirits) in this hauntingly beautiful cartoon.

Runners-up: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, just the perfect popcorn flick; Ice Age, extinct mammals on the march; Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie, Monty Python meets Toy Story by way of Davey and Goliath.

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