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Complete List of AARP’s Movies for Grownups Winners

Will Smith, Nicole Kidman and Jean Smart are among 2022 honorees


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It’s the 20th anniversary of the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards, and you’re invited! The star-studded special, hosted by Alan Cumming, was broadcast on PBS’ Great Performances on Friday, March 18, 2022 — and you can still watch it here and on the PBS Video app. It’s like having a Zoom party with the stars as they emotionally accept their honors and spill secrets about their movies and TV shows.

Best film actor Will Smith confesses that the performances of the youngsters who play his tennis-star daughters in King Richard brought him to tears, while Kenneth Branagh thanks grownup viewers for making Belfast a hit — and explains why he cut the film’s last scene. Best TV actress Jean Smart says she learned something by playing an aging stand-up comic who refuses to be washed up in Hacks: “The key to longevity in your career, and maybe also in your life, is to just keep at it — she just isn’t gonna go away!” And you’ll chuckle when our Career Achievement Award winner Lily Tomlin re-creates an Oscar speech by a famous grownup actress from long ago.

You can see for yourself by watching the show now.


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Tim Appelo covers entertainment and is the film and TV critic for AARP. Previously, he was the entertainment editor at Amazon, video critic at Entertainment Weekly, and a critic and writer for The Hollywood Reporter, People, MTV, The Village Voice and LA Weekly.