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Spotlight Selected as Best Picture; Bryan Cranston and Lily Tomlin Score Top Acting Honors - Kathy Griffin to Host Annual Awards in Los Angeles on Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 5, 2016) AARP The Magazine has announced the winners of the 15th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards, continuing its integral role in awards season with its tradition of honoring the best in films with particular relevance to a 50-plus audience. With the film Spotlight and actors Bryan Cranston and Lily Tomlin included among the top honorees, this year’s winners will be feted at the star-studded AARP Movies for Grownups® Awards on February 8th at the historic Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. Two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin will host the evening for the second time. 

“I'm so honored to be hosting the Movies for Grownups Awards again," said Griffin. "For one thing, it's one of the few nights of the year anyone refers to me as a grownup. Having never acted like a grownup, I doubt I will start on February 8,” Griffin added. “But this will be a great event, count on it. These nights have become as star-studded as the frickin' Academy Awards.”

The honor of Best Picture will go to Spotlight, the critically acclaimed drama based on the true story of The Boston Globe reporters who investigated allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church. Lily Tomlin and Bryan Cranston lead this year’s acting honors and will take home Best Actress and Best Actor nods for their work in Grandma and Trumbo, respectively. 

This year’s Best Supporting Actress award will go to Diane Ladd for her part in the emotionally charged biographical comedy-drama Joy; and Mark Rylance earns the Best Supporting Actor for his outstanding performance in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War-inspired thriller Bridge of Spies. This year’s Best Director award will go to Ridley Scott for his film The Martian, and David O. Russell was voted Best Screenwriter for Joy. Michael Douglas will be presented with the esteemed Movies for Grownups® Career Achievement Award for his prolific on- and off-screen accomplishments.

 This is our 15th year of celebrating movies created for grownup audiences, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be honoring these terrific actors and filmmakers,” said Robert Love, editor in chief of AARP The Magazine. “We look forward to the February awards and to many more years of championing such great work—and encouraging Hollywood to see our demographic as the important audience it is.”

The 15th Annual Movies for Grownups® Award winners are:

  • Career Achievement: Michael Douglas
  • Best Picture: Spotlight
  • Best Actress: Lily Tomlin, Grandma
  • Best Actor: Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Best Supporting Actress: Diane Ladd, Joy
  • Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Best Director: Ridley Scott, The Martian
  • Best Screenwriter: David O. Russell, Joy
  • Best Grownup Love Story: Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman, 5 Flights Up
  • Best Comedy: Nancy Meyers, The Intern
  • Best Documentary: The Last Man on the Moon
  • Best Intergenerational Film: Creed
  • Best Buddy Picture: Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley, Learning to Drive
  • Best Time Capsule: Love & Mercy
  • Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up: Pete Docter, Inside Out
  • Best Foreign Film: Rams (Iceland)


The awards 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 awards 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 by AARP The Magazine editors to spotlight and celebrate movies with storylines, performances, and filmmaking that have distinct relevance to the 50-plus audience.

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.

About AARP The Magazine’s Movies For Grownups® Awards

The annual Movies for Grownups® Awards 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.   

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