One criticism of the Oscars is that it seems to skew too OLD . . . with most of the top nominees being from movies that no one in their 20s, 30s, and 40s has seen, unless they’re diehard movie buffs, or live in New York and L.A.
Well, check this out . . .
“AARP: The Magazine” just held its 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards, which honor movies by and for seniors 50 or older. And you’d think the nominees might include the elderly comedy “Going Out in Style”, the Pentagon Papers movie “The Post”, or something serious and pretentious like “Phantom Thread”.
But, no . . . the Best Movie for Grownups award went to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. (???) It actually makes some sense. If you’re in your 60s now, you were in your 20s when the original “Star Wars” movies were in theaters.
The other four movies up for the top award were: “Lady Bird”, “The Shape of Water”, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, and “Get Out”, which was also a bit of a hip selection.
“Get Out” actually won Best Ensemble . . . but other than that, the winners were mostly old-schoolers in the AARP’s lane.
. . . Annette Bening won Best Actress
. . . Gary Oldman won Best Actor
. . . Laurie Metcalf won Best Supporting Actress
. . . Richard Jenkins won Best Supporting Actor
. . . and Helen Mirren got a lifetime achievement award.
The ceremony also recognized 97-year-old Ken Sturdy, a World War Two veteran and survivor of the Battle of Dunkirk. The movie “Dunkirk” won the ‘Best Time Capsule’ award.
The awards will be broadcast for the first time on Friday, February 23rd on PBS.
(Hit up AARP.org for all the winners, and here were all the nominees.)
(Speaking of “Star Wars”, Lucasfilm announced that “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been hired to write and produce yet another new series of “Star Wars” movies.)