Denzel Washington's 'Fences' Leads Nominations for AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards

2:12 PM 12/15/2016

by Abid Rahman

'Lion,' 'Manchester by the Sea' and 'Sully' are all in the running for 3 awards that will be announced Feb. 6.

Denzel Washington Fences still H 2016

Denzel Washington's Fences dominated the AARP the Magazine's Movies for Grownups Award nominations with eight nods, including ones for Washington in the best actor and best director categories. 

Fences, the 1950s-set drama based on August Wilson's play of the same name, also picked up nominations for best actress (Viola Davis), best supporting actor (Stephen McKinley Henderson), best screenwriter (Wilson) and the uniquely AARP categories of best buddy picture, best grown-up love story and best intergenerational film. 

Elsewhere, awards season contenders Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Sully picked up nominations in key categories, particularly best film, which was rounded out by La La Land, Loving and Silence

The AARP awards will be hosted by Margo Martindale at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Feb. 6. 

The complete list of the 16th Annual Movies for Grownups Award nominees:

  • Best Picture

    La La Land


    Loving (WINNER)

    Manchester by the Sea



  • Best Actress

    Annette Bening (20th Century Women) (WINNER)

    Sally Field (Hello, My Name Is Doris)

    Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

    Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

    Tilda Swinton (A Bigger Splash)

  • Best Actor

    Warren Beatty (Rules Don’t Apply)

    Tom Hanks (Sully)

    Michael Keaton (The Founder)

    Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

    Denzel Washington (Fences) (WINNER)

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Viola Davis (Fences) (WINNER)

    Nicole Kidman (Lion)

    Helen Mirren (Eye in the Sky)

    Molly Shannon (Other People)

    Sigourney Weaver (A Monster Calls

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water) (WINNER)

    Kevin Costner (Hidden Figures)

    Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences)

    Issey Ogata (Silence)

    Timothy Spall (Denial)

  • Best Director

    Clint Eastwood (Sully)

    Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) (WINNER)

    David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water)

    Martin Scorsese (Silence)

    Denzel Washington (Fences)

  • Best Screenwriter

    Pedro Almodovar (Julieta)

    Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese (Silence)

    Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) (WINNER)

    J.K. Rowling (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)

    August Wilson (Fences)

  • Best Comedy/Musical

    Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

    Florence Foster Jenkins

    Hello, My Name Is Doris

    La La Land (WINNER)

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

  • Best Grownup Love Story

    Denzel Washington and Viola Davis (Fences)

    Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins)

    Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2)

    Margo Martindale and Richard Jenkins (The Hollars) (WINNER)

    Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons (The Meddler

  • Best Documentary

    Big Sonia

    Everything Is Copy

    Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

    The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years (WINNER)


  • Best Intergenerational Film

    A Monster Calls

    20th Century Women (WINNER)



    The Hollars

  • Best Buddy Picture

    Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie) (WINNER)

    Stephen McKinley Henderson and Denzel Washington (Fences)

    Jude Law and Colin Firth (Genius)

    John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman (The Founder)

    Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling (The Nice Guys)

  • Best Time Capsule

    Hidden Figures

    Jackie (WINNER)


    Rules Don’t Apply

    The Founder

  • Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up

    Kubo and the Two Strings (WINNER)



    The Jungle Book


  • Best Foreign Language Film

    A Man Called Ove (Sweden)

    Aquarius (Brazil)

    Elle (France) (WINNER)

    Our Last Tango (Argentina)

    The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Germany)