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Announcing AARP’s 2024 Movies for Grownups Awards Nominees

Discover the year’s best films, shows and talents — and use this list to make your Oscar predictions!


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Oppenheimer and Killers of the Flower Moon lead this year’s nominees for the Movies for Grownups Awards. For more than two decades, the awards have recognized the best films for the grownup generations, and also the best TV work — including, for the first time this year, reality TV, a genre beloved by our members. The winners will be announced in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine.

The many people who scrutinize the Movies for Grownups Awards for clues to who might also get Oscar nominations — historically, not a bad bet — will notice the most-nominated films: Oppenheimer (six noms), Killers of the Flower Moon (five noms), American Fiction, Poor Things and The Color Purple (four noms each).

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But every honored title is significant. We spotlight films and shows that feature crucial issues, thoughtful storylines and the most talented grownup filmmakers and actors who speak directly to the 50-plus audience, the crucial demographic supporting the best work in film and TV. Without grownup audiences, art house films, indies and TV that qualifies as art would not survive — and when audiences flocked back to theaters this year, it was grownups who helped lead the charge. Thanks to AARP and its viewers, there’s more to Hollywood than young stars in superhero spandex.

Here is the complete list of nominees for the Movies for Grownups Awards:

Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups

  • Barbie
  • The Color Purple
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer

Best Actress

  • Annette Bening (Nyad)
  • Juliette Binoche (The Taste of Things)
  • Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor (Origin)
  • Helen Mirren (Golda)
  • Julia Roberts (Leave the World Behind)

Best Actor

  • Nicolas Cage (Dream Scenario)
  • Colman Domingo (Rustin)
  • Paul Giamatti (The Holdovers)
  • Anthony Hopkins (Freud’s Last Session)
  • Jeffrey Wright (American Fiction)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Viola Davis (Air)
  • Jodie Foster (Nyad)
  • Taraji P. Henson (The Color Purple)
  • Julianne Moore (May December)
  • Leslie Uggams (American Fiction)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Willem Dafoe (Poor Things)
  • Robert De Niro (Killers of the Flower Moon)
  • Colman Domingo (The Color Purple)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (Oppenheimer)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Poor Things)

Best Director

  • Ben Affleck (Air)
  • Michael Mann (Ferrari)
  • Christopher Nolan (Oppenheimer)
  • Alexander Payne (The Holdovers)
  • Martin Scorsese (Killers of the Flower Moon)

Best Screenwriter

  • Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig (Barbie)
  • David Hemingson (The Holdovers)
  • Tony McNamara (Poor Things)
  • Christopher Nolan (Oppenheimer)
  • Martin Scorsese and Eric Roth (Killers of the Flower Moon)

Best Ensemble

  • American Fiction
  • The Color Purple
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Rustin

Best Actress (TV)

  • Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show)
  • Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus)
  • Jennifer Garner (The Last Thing He Told Me)
  • Imelda Staunton (The Crown)
  • Meryl Streep (Only Murders in the Building)

Best Actor (TV)

  • Brian Cox (Succession)
  • Bryan Cranston (Your Honor)
  • Oliver Platt (The Bear)
  • Rufus Sewell (The Diplomat)
  • Henry Winkler (Barry)
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Best TV Movie/Series or Limited Series

  • The Bear
  • Fargo
  • Only Murders in the Building
  • Succession
  • The White Lotus

Best Reality TV Series

  • The Amazing Race
  • America’s Got Talent
  • The Golden Bachelor
  • Jury Duty
  • The Voice

Best Intergenerational Film

  • American Fiction
  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  • The Holdovers
  • Leave the World Behind
  • Poor Things

Best Time Capsule

  • Ferrari
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer
  • Priscilla
  • Rustin

Best Documentary

  • Invisible Beauty
  • Judy Blume Forever
  • The Lost Weekend: A Love Story
  • The Pigeon Tunnel
  • Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie

Best Foreign Film

  • Amerikatsi (Armenia)
  • Perfect Days (Japan)
  • Radical (Mexico)
  • The Taste of Things (France)
  • The Zone of Interest (United Kingdom)

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