10:11am PT by Scott Feinberg
AARP Selects 'The Theory of Everything' as 2014's Best Picture (Exclusive)
The editors of AARP The Magazine have selected The Theory of Everything as the best picture of 2014, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The films that its editors single out — as well as the individuals, all of whom must be 50 or older themselves — will be feted at the 14th annual Movies for Grownups Awards gala on Feb. 2, which will be hosted by John Leguizamo. (The gala raises funds for the AARP Foundation, which works in communities across America to help struggling older adults meet their basic needs.)
The publication is mailed bi-monthly to AARP's more than 20 million members — all of whom are aged 50 or older — making its circulation larger than any other magazine in the United States.
Other selections by AARP include Boyhood's Richard Linklater for best director; Foxcatcher's Steve Carell for best actor; Still Alice's Julianne Moore for best actress; Whiplash's J.K. Simmons for best supporting actor; Nightcrawler's Rene Russo for best supporting actress; Wild's Nick Hornby for best screenwriter; Keep On Keepin' On for best documentary; and Diplomacy for best foreign film.
The editors also awarded prizes in several other categories that do not exist at the Oscars or most other awards shows: Chef for best comedy; Love Is Strange for best grownup love story; St. Vincent for best intergenerational film; Land Ho! for best buddy picture; Big Eyes for best time capsule; The Lego Movie for best movie for grownups who refuse to grow up; and My Old Lady's director Israel Horovitz — a 75-year-old — for best breakthrough achievement. (He's a kid by AARP standards!)
Kevin Costner, who most recently starred in Black or White, will receive the group's career achievement award.
"The films represented on this year's list are a reflection of Hollywood's increased focus on creating compelling storylines that directly appeal to the 50+ audience," said Bob Love, editor-in-chief of AARP The Magazine. "We're thrilled to see the continued growth in the number of large, studio-driven films that focus on this important demographic and are extremely excited to recognize this year's best writers, directors and actors over 50 for their inspirational and exceptional work at our annual awards gala."