Wednesday, February 9, 2011

AARP's 10th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards - winners

AARP The Magazine by AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) presented their 10th annual Movies for Grownups Awards gala on Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif. The King's Speech added to its haul of prizes by taking the Best Movie for Grownups award and Best Actor for star Colin Firth.

Firth was introduced by co-star Geoffrey Rush and received a standing ovation. He also got cheers and laughs with his speech, saying, "It's funny how much fun we have with the word 'grownup,' because we actors just don't make very convincing grownups. We act in imaginary worlds and we find it very difficult to come to terms with the real one. When I told a senior member of my own family I was being acknowledged for something grown up, she said, 'Finally.' "

Leslie Manville won Best Actress for her lively performance in Mike Leigh's Another Year. Supporting awards went to John Malkovich for Secretariat and Phylicia Rashad in For Colored Girls.

Belying the expectation that older people wouldn't like energetic films with young actors, the Best Director prize went to Danny Boyle for his stylish work in 127 Hours.

They also named The Kids Are All Right to be the Best Love Story for its lead couple of Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. Best Comedy was City Island. Waste Land was named Best Documentary.

Robert Redford was on hand to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. He told the audience, "The AARP is about retiring, but I’m not about to retire. There is just too much work to do."

AARP The Magazine annual Movies for Grownups Awards celebrate the kinds of films that the magazine's 47 million over-50 readers want to see (it claims the highest circulation of any magazine in the world). Colin Firth turned 50 during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival this past fall.

Complete list of winners for the 10th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards

Best Movie for Grownups 2011
The King's Speech
We Also Loved: Another Year, Casino Jack, City Island, The Company Men, Get Low, The Kids Are All Right, Letters to Juliet, RED, Secretariat.

Best Actor
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
 We Also Loved: Michael Caine, Harry Brown; Michael Douglas, Solitary Man; Robert Duvall, Get Low; Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack.

Best Actress

Lesley Manville, Another Year
We Also Loved: Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right; Vanessa Redgrave, Letters to Juliet; Tilda Swinton, I Am Love.

Best Supporting Actor

John Malkovich, Secretariat
We Also Loved: Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech; Kevin Costner, The Company Men; Bill Murray, Get Low; Ben Kingsley, Shutter Island.

Best Supporting Actress

Phylicia Rashad, For Colored Girls
We Also Loved: Sissy Spacek, Get Low; Diane Keaton, Morning Glory; Melissa Leo, The Fighter; Gemma Jones, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.
Best Director

Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
We Also Loved: Paul Greengrass, Green Zone; Paul Haggis, The Next Three Days; Tony Scott, Unstoppable; John Wells, The Company Men.

Best Screenwriter
John Wells, The Company Men
We Also Loved: Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit; Paul Haggis, The Next Three Days; Mike Leigh, Another Year; David Seidler, The King's Speech.

Best Grownup Love Story
Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
We Also Loved: Blythe Danner and Richard Dreyfuss, The Lightkeepers; Julianna Margulies and Andy Garcia, City Island; Ruth Sheen and Jim Broadbent, Another Year; Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, Fair Game.
Best Comedy

City Island
We Also Loved: Date Night, Flipped, RED.
Best Intergenerational Film

We Also Loved: The Karate Kid, The Kids Are All Right, That Evening Sun, Touching Home.

Best Documentary

Waste Land
We Also Loved: Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Waiting for "Superman," Marwencol.
Breakthrough Achievement

Helen Mirren, Red
Best Foreign-Language Film

We Also Loved: A Film Unfinished (Israel and Germany), The First Beautiful Thing (Italy), Mother (South Korea), Peepli Live (India).
Best Buddy Picture


Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up
The Karate Kid
We Also Loved: Alice in Wonderland, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story 3.

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