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"Great Performances": AARP Movies For Grown-Up Awards Makes On-Air Debut
Kristin Scott Thomas (l) and Gary Oldman in a scene from "Darkest Hour." Oldman won the Best Actor honor from the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards (photo by Jack English/courtesy of Focus Features)
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Broadcast and streamed for the first time, AARP The Magazine’s Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards, now in its 17th year, celebrated 2017’s standout films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and recognizes the inspiring artists who make them. The awards ceremony made its on-air  debut on Friday (2/23) as part of PBS’ Great Performances presentation.

“The Movies for Grownups Awards is an exciting new way for Great Performances to recognize outstanding achievement in the performing arts,” said executive producer David Horn. “Adding contemporary cinema is a natural fit for the series and we are happy to share this exceptional talent with viewers on all PBS platforms.”

The awards were taped live on February 5 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Calif., with host Alan Cumming performing musical parodies of Get Out, Lady Bird, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Cumming spoke to the heart of Movies for Grownups, saying that “these awards are special, they recognize compelling movies and dynamic performances that appeal to a mature state of mind.”

Great Performances--Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP the Magazine features a moving tribute to Career Achievement honoree Helen Mirren, whose award is presented by her Winchester co-star Jason Clarke. The show also includes Mark Hamill and Kelly Marie Tran presenting director Rian Johnson with Best Picture/Best Movies for Grownups honors for Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Ben Mendelsohn presenting Gary Oldman with the Best Actor award for his role as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, and Alfre Woodard presenting Best Actress honors to Annette Bening for her role as Gloria Grahame in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

Here’s a full rundown of AARP Moves For Grown-Up Awards winners:

Career Achievement Award
Helen Mirren’s memorable performances have spanned decades in movies, on television and on the stage.

Best Actor
Gary Oldman won for his portrayal of Winston Churchill for Darkest Hour

Best Actress
Annette Bening as Gloria Grahame in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Best Supporting Actress
Laurie Metcalf plays the protective mother of a teenage girl in Lady Bird

Best Supporting Actor
Richard Jenkins plays a kind-hearted illustrator who helps his neighbor, a mute janitor, rescue a creature with whom she’s fallen in love in The Shape of Water

Best Movie for Grownups
Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

Best Screenwriter
Aaron Sorkin for Molly’s Game

Best Intergenerational Film
The Florida Project

Best Documentary
I Am Not Your Negro

Best Director
Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water

Best Ensemble
The cast of Get Out

Best Grownup Love Story
The Greatest Showman

Best Time Capsule

Readers’ Choice
Wonder Woman

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