Clooney, ‘Billie Holiday’ among AARP Film Award Winners
“United States vs. Billie Holiday,” “Minari,” “Da 5 Bloods” and “One Night in Miami” are among the films AARP honors at its annual Movies for Grownups Awards, the organization announced Thursday. non-profit.
Director Lee Daniels’ “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”, starring Andra Day as jazz singer, was named Best Picture, while Korean-American family drama “Minari” won Best Intergenerational Feature. Spike Lee’s Vietnam-themed “Da 5 Bloods” won Best Boyfriend Picture and Regina King’s “One Night in Miami …” won the fictional encounter of Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Cassius Clay and Jim Brown , got the best overall.
“We focus on films made by and for adults,” said Tim Appelo, film and television critic for AARP. “When we started a few decades ago, it was hard to find early films about people our age. I’m very happy to see that we have a bumper crop of films and performances to choose from this year. “
George Clooney is honored this year with the Career Excellence Award. The 59-year-old has both directed and starred in his latest film, “The Midnight Sky”.
“He’s the Cary Grant of our time, but he’s also a thriving director,” Appelo said. “He’s perfect because he’s just a slamming argument against ageism.”
Jodie Foster is also recognized for her supporting role in “The Mauritanian”, for which she also won the Golden Globe this week. Appelo said the 58-year-old said she was happy to be her age and looked forward to playing characters in her 60s and beyond.
“This is one of our big themes, that life opens up after the age of 50,” said Appelo.
Aaron Sorkin is doubly honored for having written and directed “The Trial of the Chicago 7”. The best acting awards went to Sophia Loren, for “The Life Ahead”, and Anthony Hopkins, for “The Father”.
“The Trial of the Chicago Seven” and “The United States Against Billie Holiday” are two films according to Appelo that are particularly important because of their historical value to audiences over 50. He also noted that this year included several important and nuanced portrayals of Alzheimer’s disease, most notably in “The Father” and in “Supernova,” with Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci, which was named best adult love story. .
For the first time, the organization also recognizes television shows and performances. Catherine O’Hara won Best Actress for “Schitt’s Creek”, Mark Ruffalo was named Best Actor for “I Know This Much is True” and “This Is Us” was named Best Series. Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit” got the best limited series.
The virtual awards show will air on Great Performances on PBS on March 28 at 8 p.m. ET.
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