For two decades, AARP has made it a point to cut through all the nonsense which floods theaters every year celebrating what it calls “Movies For Grownups” with its annual Movies For Grownups Awards – the only thing that makes a movie “adults” is that it has no super- hero. Seriously, genre films are doing well, as you’ll see from this year’s winners, and even animated films are doing well since Up was nominated in 2010. Hell, Star Wars: The Last Jedi won Best Picture in 2018, which makes sense because it’s a perfect movie, but you can’t really argue that there’s anything there that’s more “for adults” than anything else in Black Panther.
Either way, the Best Picture winner at this year’s Movies For Grownups Awards is so definitely “grown up” that they might as well hang his jersey from the rafters and rename the award in his honor: Top Gun: Maverick. There are no superheroes! He recognizes the existence of sex! He has fighter jets! The main star turns 60! It’s the sequel to a movie you’d have to be an adult to remember seeing in theaters, if you ever saw it at all!
It might be one of the most obvious choices the Movies For Grownups Awards have ever made, but there are still some cool picks from this year’s winners: Michelle Yeoh won Best Actress for Everything everywhere all at once (a film with adult themes, even if presented in heavily stylized packaging) and Jamie Lee Curtis won a Lifetime Achievement Award (are the new Halloween adult movies? They must be for someone). Baz Luhrmann had a strong performance, winning both Best Director and Best Time Capsule for Elviswith Best Time Capsule looking like an award designed just for movies like that.
Meanwhile, perhaps just because of its title, FX’s The old man and star Jeff Bridges won Best TV Series and Best Actor (TV). If you are curious, Yellowstone was nominated but didn’t win, perhaps as a preemptive response to people who may have a stereotypical view of what adults like, such as how the Oscars sometimes violently reject movies they consider bait preachers for the Oscars (while paradoxically celebrating films like green bookthat Movies For Grownups also somehow liked).
(Via The variety)
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