AARP Names 'Spotlight' Best Picture, Salutes Ridley Scott and David O. Russell

11:58 AM 2/11/2016

by Ashley Lee

Lily Tomlin, Bryan Cranston, Diane Ladd, Mark Rylance, Ridley Scott and David O. Russell nabbed awards, while 'Creed,' 'The Intern,' 'Love & Mercy' and 'Inside Out' were also acknowledged.

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'Spotlight,' Courtesy of Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films

Spotlight Still  - H  2015

AARP The Magazine on Tuesday announced the winners of its Movies for Grownups Awards, highlighting films with particular relevance to a 50-plus audience.

The group awarded Spotlight its best picture honor, and saluted the acting performances of Grandma's Lily Tomlin, Trumbo's Bryan Cranston, Joy's Diane Ladd and Bridge of Spies' Mark Rylance.

Additionally, Ridley Scott was named best director for The Martian, and David O. Russell was tapped as best screenwriter for Joy. Creed, The Intern, Love & Mercy, Inside Out, Learning to Drive, 5 Flights Up and Rams were also acknowledged.

The winners will be honored at a Feb. 8 gala at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. Kathy Griffin will again host the ceremony, and Michael Douglas will be presented with the career achievement award.

  • Best Picture


  • 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 & Morgan Freeman, 5 Flights Up

  • Best Comedy

    Nancy Meyers, The Intern

  • Best Documentary

    The Last Man on the Moon

  • Best Intergenerational Film


  • Best Buddy Picture

    Patricia Clarkson & 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)

  • Career Achievement

    Michael Douglas