The Savages, a darkly funny story of middle-age siblings suddenly forced to care for their ailing dad, was announced today as the year’s Best Movie for Grownups by AARP The Magazine.
Selected each year by the magazine’s editors, the winners of the 7th annual Movies for Grownups Awards are often a bellwether for the upcoming Oscar nominations — although it’s unlikely the Oscars will soon adopt such offbeat secondary categories as Best Grownup Love Story (John Travolta and Christopher Walken in Hairspray), Best Buddy Picture (The Bucket List) and Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up (Enchanted). These and 12 additional categories, including Best Actor and Actress 50 and Over, are featured in the March/April issue, available February 1, 2008.
AARP The Magazine is thrilled to provide a forum for actors and the motion picture community to step out and celebrate movies from 2007 that engaged grownup audiences with challenging topics, thoughtful new approaches, and sterling work by actors, actresses, directors, and writers age 50+, all at the top of their game. Chris Cooper won Best Actor 50 and Over honors for his under-the-radar performance as a CIA spy in Breach; Julie Christie was named Best Actress 50 and Over for her spellbinding turn as an Alzheimer’s stricken woman in Away From Her; and Tony Gilroy was honored as best director for his complex tale of corporate greed, stricken consciences and murder, Michael Clayton.
With moviegoers age 50 and over increasing their movie attendance by almost 20% in the last year, it’s clear that Hollywood recognizes the power of the 50+ audience and is tailoring more and more movies to appeal to this demographic. “We’re excited to see more dynamic characters and grownup love stories for actors 50+,” said Bill Newcott, Entertainment Editor of AARP The Magazine and host of AARP’s weekly “Movies for Grownups” radio show. “When we began these awards seven years ago, there weren’t enough great parts out there for actors 50 and over. Now, thanks to the ever-growing demands of older audiences, we’ve seen real progress.”
The 2008 Movies for Grownups Award winners will be presented with the coveted La Chaise d’Or trophy — The Golden Chair — a whimsical trophy in the shape of a vintage movie theater seat — at a private gala awards dinner held at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles on February 4, 2008. The event will be hosted by Golden Globe winner Jamie Lee Curtis (A Fish Called Wanda; True Lies) and Oscar nominee John Cleese (A Fish Called Wanda; Monty Python films and television series), with a special 20th anniversary tribute to A Fish Called Wanda planned to take place at the event as well.
After weeks and hundreds of hours spent screening the latest Hollywood and independent films, the editors of AARP the Magazine voted to select winners and nominees in each of the 15 categories. And this year, for the first time, readers of the magazine were invited to select their own Reader’s Choice Best Movie for Grownups, with The Bucket List coming out on top.