Dec 15, 2015
AARP The Magazine Announces Nominees for the 15th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards
The Best in 50-Plus Cinema to be Honored at Annual Gala in Los Angeles On Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 15, 2015) — The editors of AARP The Magazine today announced the nominees for the 15th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards, with BrooklynJoyLove & MercyThe Martian, and Spotlight contending in the Best Picture category.  The awards celebrate 2015’s standout filmmakers, actors, actresses and movies that bear unique relevance for the 50-plus audience.  The awards gala will return to the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills on Monday, February 8th. Chase Card Services will be the Premier sponsor of the event.

In the “Best Actress” category, nominations go to Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold), Blythe Danner (I’ll See You In My Dreams), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van), and Lily Tomlin (Grandma). In the “Best Actor” category, Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) is nominated alongside Michael Caine (Youth), Tom Courtenay (45 Years), Johnny Depp (Black Mass), and Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes).

The nominees for “Best Supporting Actress” are Joan Allen (Room), Jane Fonda (Youth), Diane Ladd (Joy), Helen Mirren (Trumbo) and Cynthia Nixon (James White). In the “Best Supporting Actor” category, Jeff Daniels (Steve Jobs), Robert DeNiro (Joy), Michael Keaton (Spotlight), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) and Sylvester Stallone (Creed) are nominatedThe 2015 Movies for Grownups nominees for “Best Director” are Ridley Scott (The Martian), Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant), David O. Russell (Joy), and Todd Haynes (Carol). Additionally, Michael Douglas will be presented with the esteemed Movies for Grownups® Career Achievement Award.

“We’re getting the word out, and today’s filmmakers really understand the power of older audiences,” said Robert Love, Editor-in-Chief of AARP The Magazine. “More than ever before, Hollywood is focusing on creating compelling storylines that directly appeal to the 50-plus audience. AARP is thrilled to celebrate this year’s best filmmakers for their excellent work that speaks to the 70 million Americans in our demographic.”

The complete list of the 15th Annual Movies for Grownups® Award Nominees are:

  • Best Picture: Brooklyn; Joy; Love & Mercy; The Martian; Spotlight
  • Best Actress: Blythe Danner, I’ll See You In My Dreams; Helen Mirren, Woman in Gold; Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years;  Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van; Lily Tomlin, Grandma
  • Best Actor: Michael Caine, Youth; Tom Courtenay, 45 Years; Bryan Cranston, Trumbo; Johnny Depp,Black Mass; Ian McKellen, Mr. Holmes
  • Best Supporting Actress: Joan Allen, Room; Jane Fonda, Youth; Diane Ladd, Joy; Helen Mirren,Trumbo; Cynthia Nixon, James White
  • Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Daniels, Steve Jobs; Robert DeNiro, Joy; Michael Keaton, Spotlight; Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies; Sylvester Stallone, Creed
  • Best Director: Ridley Scott, The Martian; Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies; Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant; David O. Russell, Joy; Todd Haynes, Carol
  • Best Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, Brooklyn; Nancy Meyers, The Intern; Oren Moverman, Michael A. Lerner, Love & Mercy; David O. Russell, Joy; Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
  • Best Comedy: 5 Flights UpDanny CollinsThe InternJoy; The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Best Grownup Love Story: 5 Flights Up; 45 Years; CarolFreeheldI’ll See You In My Dreams
  • Best Documentary: Best of Enemies; In Transit; The Last Man on the Moon; Radical Grace; Very Semi-Serious
  • Best Intergenerational Film: CreedGrandma; The Intern; Straight Outta Compton; Woman in Gold
  • Best Buddy Picture: The 33; The Intern; Learning to Drive; A Walk in the Woods; Youth
  • Best Time Capsule: Carol; Joy; Love & Mercy; The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; Straight Outta Compton
  • Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up: Inside Out;  Kingsman: The Secret Service; Paddington; The Peanuts Movie; Shaun The Sheep Movie
  • Best Foreign Film: Mia Madre (Italy); Rams (Iceland); The Salt of the Earth  (Brazil, in French);Tangerines (Estonia); Taxi (Iran)

The awards gala will raise funds for AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, which works in communities across the nation to help struggling older adults meet their basic need for nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, adequate income and much-needed personal connections. This year’s gala will also assist in the Foundation’s work to end adult hunger with support from Chase Card Services and its commitment to donate up to $1.1 million to AARP Foundation in 2016 through a cause-marketing campaign with the AARP Credit Card.  

AARP Movies for Grownups® is a high-impact multimedia franchise that was started in 2002 by AARP The Magazine editors to spotlight and celebrate movies with storylines, performances, and filmmaking that have distinct relevance to the 50-plus audience.

For more information about AARP’s Movies for Grownups® Awards, go online to The entire list of award winners will also be featured in the February/March Issue of AARP The Magazine, available in homes February 1st.

About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is a charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at

About AARP The Magazine’s Movies For Grownups® Gala
The annual Movies For Grownups Gala raises funds for AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, which works in communities nationwide to address the needs of older Americans by investing in innovative solutions that tackle the causes of the challenges they face: the need for functional and affordable housing, adequate and nutritious food, steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds. Chase Card Services will be the Premier sponsor of the event.   

The Movies For Grownups® multimedia franchise includes talent interviews, weekly online reviews and previews, film festivals, free movie screenings and year-round coverage in print and online, was created in 2002 by the editors of AARP The Magazine. The February/March issue of AARP The Magazine, available February 1, will feature the best of 2015 movies and awards. For more information about Movies for Grownups, visit Twitter:

About AARP The Magazine
With nearly 36 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the world's largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50+. AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer interest information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is published bimonthly in print and continually online. Learn more at Twitter:

About Chase
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