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2018 Movies for Grownups Awards Nominees

Winners to be announced at February show airing on PBS

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Sandra Bullock, Glenn Close, Julia Roberts and Hugh Jackman are among the stars nominated for AARP The Magazine’s 18th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, which honor films by and for people 50 or older, at a ceremony on Feb. 4 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Shirley MacLaine will receive the Movies for Grownups career achievement award. Hosted by Martin Short, the event will be televised for the second year on PBS, coproduced by the Great Performances series, on Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. (check local listings) and will stream starting Feb. 16 on 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.

Since mature talents are making progress in Hollywood — the average age of the 20 top-grossing film stars is 60 — there was a wide array of Movies for Grownups Awards candidates. “2018 was a banner year for a sensational collection of movies that resonated with the powerful 50-plus audience,” says Myrna Blyth, senior vice president and editorial director for AARP Media.

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 BranaghAll Is True

Alfonso CuarónRoma

Mimi LederOn the Basis of Sex

Peter FarrellyGreen Book

Spike LeeBlacKkKlansman

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 DannerWhat They Had

Nicole KidmanBoy Erased

Michelle YeohCrazy Rich Asians

Judi DenchAll Is True

Best Supporting Actor

Robert DuvallWidows

Sam ElliottA Star Is Born

Richard E. GrantCan You Ever Forgive Me?

Robert ForsterWhat They Had

Ian McKellenAll Is True

Best Screenwriter

Brian Hayes Currie, Nick Vallelonga, Peter FarrellyGreen Book

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
The Favourite

Peter HedgesBen Is Back

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Paul SchraderFirst Reformed

Best Ensemble

Black Panther 

Bohemian Rhapsody 

Crazy Rich Asians 

The Front Runner 


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