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2019 Movies for Grownups Awards Nominees

Winners to be announced at January show airing on PBS

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Laura DernRenée ZellwegerPedro Almodóvar, Billy Crudup, Linda Ronstadt and Annette Bening are among the stars expected at the 2019 Movies for Grownups Awards ceremony on Saturday in Beverly Hills, California.

Actor Tony Danza hosts the show, which will air on  PBS’s Great Performances Jan. 19 (check local listings; it also will stream on Bening will accept a career achievement award, joining such previous recipients as Kevin Costner, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Shirley MacLaine and Helen Mirren.

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With mature talent now making progress in Hollywood — most of the top-grossing actors and filmmakers are over 50 — there has never been a wider array of candidates for the Movies for Grownups Awards. Check out this distinguished list of contenders to decide who are your favorites, and who you think is going to win.

Here is the full list of nominees

Best Movie for Grownups

A Star Is Born


Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Green Book


Best Director

Kenneth Branagh, All Is True

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Mimi Leder, On the Basis of Sex

Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Best Actress

Sandra Bullock, Bird Box

Glenn Close, The Wife

Viola Davis, Widows

Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

Julia Roberts, Ben Is Back

Best Actor

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Hugh Jackman, The Front Runner

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Robert Redford, The Old Man & the Gun

John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

Best Supporting Actress

Angela Bassett, Black Panther

Blythe Danner, What They Had

Nicole Kidman, Boy Erased

Michelle Yeoh, Crazy Rich Asians

Judi Dench, All Is True

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, Widows

Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Robert Forster, What They Had

Ian McKellen, All Is True

Best Screenwriter

Brian Hayes Currie, Nick Vallelonga, Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, 
The Favourite

Peter Hedges, Ben Is Back

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, 
Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Paul Schrader, First Reformed

Best Ensemble

Black Panther 

Bohemian Rhapsody 

Crazy Rich Asians 

The Front Runner 


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Best Grownup Love Story

All Is True

The Old Man & the Gun

On the Basis of Sex

Private Life

What They Had

Best Time Capsule

Bohemian Rhapsody


First Man

If Beale Street Could Talk


Best Intergenerational Movie

Beautiful Boy

Ben Is Back

Crazy Rich Asians

A Quiet Place

Mary Poppins Returns

Best Documentary

Amazing Grace

Bathtubs Over Broadway


The Rest I Make Up

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best Foreign Film

Cold War (Poland)

The Guilty (Denmark)

Never Look Away (Germany)

Roma (Mexico)

Shoplifters (Japan)

Readers' Choice Poll

A Quiet Place,                               A Star Is Born, 

BlacKkKlansman,           Bohemian Rhapsody, 

Crazy Rich Asians,      Mary Poppins Returns, 

Black Panther,   Mission: Impossible—Fallout,

First Man, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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