AARP The Magazine Celebrates Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards with 20th Anniversary Special of Great Performances on PBS


Special appearances by Lily Tomlin, Will Smith, Nicole Kidman, Jared Leto, Rita Moreno, bradley cooperAunjanue Ellis, Kenneth BranaghCate Blanchett, Jo Ann Jenkins, John Smart, Half SingletonSaniya Sidney, Judi Dench, Marlee Matlin, Jason SudeikisAhmir “Questlove” Thompson and more


WASHINGTON, March 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — AARP The Magazine announced the winners of its annual competition adult movies®Awards with a 20th anniversary special, featuring winners from Be the Ricardos, Belfast, CODA, Drug, hacks, Gucci House, King Richard and more. The winners were announced during tonight’s virtual event streamed by Great performance on PBS, hosted by Alan Cumming as part of #PBSForTheArts.

For two decades, AARP’s Movies for Grownups program has championed movies for adults, by adults, advocating for audiences over 50, challenging industry ageism, and encouraging movies that resonate with mature viewers. Award-winning theater and film actor Alan Cumming kicked off the show with a musical opening parody of “Cabaret”. The star-studded ceremony also included a moving tribute from the Oscar winner Goldie Hawn to the winner of the Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award Lily Tomlinwho hilariously talked about being a proud adult.

Tomlin joins an illustrious list of past AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement winners, including George Clooney, Annette Bening, Kevin Costner, robert deniro, Michael Douglas, Morgan FREEMAN, Shirley McLaine, Helen Mirren, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon and Sharon Stone.

Other highlights of the evening included a special appearance by the actress Saniya Sidneywho presented the Best actor award to “on-screen dad” Will Smith for his role in King Richard. Director Aaron Sorkin presented on Best Actress price at Nicole Kidman to represent both Lucille Ball and Lucille-Ball-as-Lucy-Ricardo in Be the Ricardos. Michael Keaton brought home Best Actor (TV) honours, sharing the deeply personal significance of his role in Drug. Director Kenneth Branagh has received Best Film/Best Adult Film for Belfastexplaining that it’s a memoir of sorts, about growing up during the conflict in Northern Ireland.

AARP’s Movies for Grownups® Awards continued their tradition of recognizing high-quality performances in the TV/streaming categories. Winners included Easttown Mare for Best Limited Series/TV Movie and Ted Lasso for Best TV Series.

“We are thrilled to share the winners of this year’s Movies for Grownups Awards during our 20th Anniversary Special,” said Tim Appelo, AARP film and television critic. “Even in the midst of a pandemic, creators continue to raise the bar, captivating audiences and bringing us all a little comfort during difficult times. Twenty years is a milestone to celebrate, and we wish all of our nominees and winners with sincere congratulations.”

The Complete List of Yearly Adult Movies Winners:

  • Career Achievement: Lily Tomlin
  • Best Picture/Best Adult Film: Belfast
  • Best Actress: Nicole Kidman (Be the Ricardos)
  • Best actor: Will Smith (King Richard)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto (Gucci House)
  • Best Director: Jeanne Campion (The power of the dog)
  • Best screenwriter: Tony Kushner (West Side Story)
  • Best Overall: alley of nightmares
  • Best intergenerational film: CODA
  • Best Buddy Photo: Bullfinch
  • Best time capsule: spencer
  • Best Adult Love Story: Cyrano
  • Best Documentary: Summer of Soul (…or, when the revolution couldn’t be televised)
  • Best Foreign Film/Best International Film: Sheep without a shepherd (China)
  • Best Actress (TV/Streaming): John Smart (hacks)
  • Best Actor (TV/Streaming): Michael Keaton (Drug)
  • Best TV Series: Ted Lasso
  • Best TV Movie/Limited Series: Easttown Mare

Significant funding for Great Performances: Adult Movies with AARP Magazine was provided by Barclays and RR Donnelley. Proceeds from the event benefit the AARP Foundation, which works to end senior poverty by helping low-income seniors create economic opportunity by securing the essentials: good jobs, food health, eligible benefits, key reimbursements and lasting social ties.

Series financing for Great performance was provided by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Jody and John ArnoldThe Abra Prentice LLC Foundation, The Starr Foundation, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, The Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, The Seton Melvin Charitable Trust, The Estate of Worthington Mayo Smiththe Jack Lawrence Charitable Trust, and Ellen and James S. Marcus.

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