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2017 Movies for Grownups Award Nominees


Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Annette Bening and Gary Oldman are among the stars nominated for AARP The Magazine’s 17th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, which honor films by and for people 50 or older.

The nominees announced today will be honored in 13 categories, among them the best movie for grownups, best actor, best actress and best grownup love story, at a ceremony on Feb. 5 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hosted by Alan Cumming, the event will be televised for the first time on PBS, as part of the Great Performances series, on Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. (Check your local listings.) Event proceeds will benefit AARP Foundation, which works to end senior poverty by building economic opportunity and social connections for vulnerable older adults in Los Angeles and across the country.

Actress Helen Mirren will receive the Movies for Grownups career achievement award at the event and be recognized for her 52-year career, which began with a stage role as Cleopatra. 

With 85 percent of the world’s top-grossing film stars over 50, and with entertainment industry trends shifting slightly in favor of mature talents, there was a wide array of Movies for Grownups Awards candidates in 2017. “It’s a banner year for smart, compelling filmmaking, dazzling performances and entertainment that is worth grownups’ time,” says Myrna Blyth, senior vice president and editorial director for AARP Media.

Here is the full list of nominees

Best Movie for Grownups

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Guillermo del ToroThe Shape of Water

Reginald HudlinMarshall

Ridley ScottAll the Money in the World

Steven SpielbergThe Post

Kenneth BranaghMurder on the Orient Express

Best Actress

Judi DenchVictoria & Abdul

Salma HayekBeatriz at Dinner

Frances McDormandThree Billboards

Meryl StreepThe Post

Annette BeningFilm Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Best Actor

Steve CarellBattle of the Sexes

Daniel Day-LewisPhantom Thread

Tom HanksThe Post

Gary OldmanDarkest Hour

Denzel WashingtonRoman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Supporting Actress

Holly HunterThe Big Sick

Allison JanneyI, Tonya

Melissa LeoNovitiate

Lesley ManvillePhantom Thread

Laurie MetcalfLady Bird

Best Supporting Actor

Willem DafoeThe Florida Project

Laurence FishburneLast Flag Flying

Woody HarrelsonThree Billboards 

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water 

Christopher PlummerAll the Money in the World 

Best Screenwriter

James IvoryCall Me by Your Name

Anthony McCartenDarkest Hour

Steven RogersI, Tonya

Aaron SorkinMolly's Game

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water — written with Vanessa Taylor

Best Ensemble

Get Out 

Girls Trip 

Last Flag Flying


Murder on the Orient Express 

Best Grownup Love Story


Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool 

The Greatest Showman 

The Leisure Seeker 

Our Souls at Night 

Best Time Capsule

Battle of the Sexes 

Darkest Hour 


I, Tonya 

The Post

Best Intergenerational Movie

The Big Sick 

The Florida Project 

Lady Bird 

Marjorie Prime 


Best Documentary


Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story 

I Am Not Your Negro 

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold 

Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo 

Best Foreign Film

Chavela (Mexico)

The Insult (Lebanon)

Like Crazy (Italy)

A Taxi Driver (South Korea)

The Women’s Balcony (Israel)