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Movies for Grownups Awards 2005

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Best Documentary
Festival Express
, Directed by Bob Smeaton

The film record of this amazing 1972 concert train tour—starring Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and The Band—was lost for 35 years until Smeaton gathered footage from all over Canada to piece together this raucous document.

Runners-up: Control Room: What CNN would look like if Atlanta were in Qatar…Metallica: Some Kind of Monster: The band gets group therapy…Riding Giants: A thrilling history of big-wave surfing…The Story of the Weeping Camel: A Mongolian family tries to save a baby dromedary.

Best Movie Time Capsule
, Production Design by Eve Stewart

Beyond the film's period details and Cole Porter songs, its energetic musical numbers (by the likes of Alanis Morissette and Elvis Costello) capture the exuberant spirit of the 1920s.

Runners-up: The Aviator: Scorsese's 1940s Hollywood time capsule…Beyond the Sea: Kevin Spacey's quirky Bobby Darin tribute…The Notebook: Nick Cassavetes's evocation of 1940s small-town America…Vera Drake: Mike Leigh's return to the bad old days of repressive 1950s Britain.

Best TV Movie
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
, ABC/Hallmark Entertainment

Often-underused Oscar-winner Jon Voight shines as a man given the chance to see how his life profoundly affected five people—some of whom he'd never met.

Runner-up: The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (HBO): Geoffrey Rush gets under the skin of the legend—and finds it wasn't very funny in there.

Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up
The Incredibles
, Directed by Brad Bird

There's lots for kids, but even more for adults, as middle-age heroes come to grips with a world that has passed them by.

Runners-up: Anchorman: An ode to insipid "happy talk" 1970s news teams…Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story: A reminder of the days when child abuse was sanctioned under the title "gym class"…Mean Girls: Tina Fey's exploration of the twisted adolescent mind…The Polar Express: A call to adults to hang on—for dear life—to the dreams of youth.

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