Just the night before the Producers Guild Awards’ major Oscar prequels, Kenneth Branagh’s Oscar-nominated “Belfast” is already a winner, taking Best Picture at AARP’s 2022 Movies for Grownups Awards on Friday. And while the awards can’t be taken as an indication of what the film academy will do, the ceremony crowned a few favorites.
Jane Campion won Best Director, as preferred at the Oscars on March 27 for her “The Power of the Dog,” and Will Smith won Lead Actor for his performance in “King Richard.”
The picture of the leading lady is a little murkier for the Oscars, but AARP voters gave their award to Nicole Kidman, who plays Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos.
Aunjanue Ellis won Supporting Actress in a category dominated this awards season by West Side Story’s Ariana DeBose — who wasn’t nominated here. Jared Leto received the Supporting Actor Award for his transformative work in House of Gucci; He’s not nominated for an Oscar, and the two Oscar-winning stars (Troy Kotsur from “CODA” and Kodi Smit-McPhee from “The Power of the Dog”) were not nominated by AARP.
Likewise, the group’s screenplay winner, West Side Story’s Tony Kushner, didn’t receive an Oscar nomination – and big international film Oscar favorite Drive My Car didn’t win on Friday night. China’s “Sheep Without a Shepherd” won the AARP award and is not nominated for an Oscar.
On the TV side, Jean Smart, Michael Keaton, “Mare of Easttown” and “Ted Lasso” accepted the awards.
According to AARP, the Movies for Grownups program “has championed films made by adults for adults by advocating for audiences over 50, combating ageism in the industry, and promoting films that resonate with adult viewers.” The organization bills itself as “the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in the country with nearly 38 million members.”
AARP Television and Film Critic Tim Appelo said, “AARP’s team of entertainment writers and editors decide on the nominations and winners. We look for films, shows and stars relevant to our 50+ audiences and for topics that are priority for AARP – topics around lifelong romance, mental health, historical events, older characters with respected agency; Films and shows with compelling nostalgia, sharp contemporary social commentary, deep thinking and the artistic mastery that comes with age.”
The virtual ceremony, which was hosted by Alan Cumming and aired March 18 as a 20th anniversary special on PBS, included performances by Smith, Kidman, Leto, Rita Moreno and Bradley Cooper, among others. Goldie Hawn paid tribute to Lily Tomlin, who received the Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.
2022 ADULT FILMS AWARD WINNERS
Career Achievement Award
Will Smith (“King Richard”)
Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”)
Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”)
Jared Leto (“House of Gucci”)
Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”)
Tony Kushner (West Side Story)
Adult love story
“Summer of Soul (…or when the revolution couldn’t be televised)”
“Sheep without a Shepherd” (China)
Jean Smart (“Hacks”)
Michael Keaton (“Intoxicated”)
Limited Series/TV Movie
“Mare of Easttown”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/awards/story/2022-03-18/belfast-wins-aarps-movies-for-grownups-award “Belfast” wins the AARP’s Movies for Grownups Award