'Crazy Rich Asians,' 'Black Panther' Among Nominees for AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards

12:23 PM 1/3/2019

by Chris Gardner

AARP will present its 18th annual Movies for Grownups Awards on Feb. 4 in Beverly Hills, with Martin Short hosting.

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AARP The Magazine on Thursday announced the nominees for its 18th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, and among the standouts are three nominations for Jon Chu's Crazy Rich Asians, a pair of nods for Ryan Coogler's Black Panther and a surprise four mentions for Kenneth Branagh's All Is True, a film that had not yet gained much traction during awards season. 

The latter pic — Branagh's take on the final days of William Shakespeare — scored noms for best director, supporting actress (Judi Dench), supporting actor (Ian McKellen) and grownup love story.

Among other surprises, Sandra Bullock, who toplines Netflix's buzzworthy Bird Box, will compete in the lead actress category against Glenn Close (The Wife), Viola Davis (Widows), Nicole Kidman (Destroyer) and Julia Roberts (Ben Is Back). 

In the best actor category, nominees include Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate), Hugh Jackman (The Front Runner), Viggo Mortensen (Green Book), Robert Redford (The Old Man & the Gun), John C. Reilly (Stan & Ollie).

In the top category — best picture/movie for grownups — the nominees include A Star Is Born, BlacKkKlansman, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Green Book and Roma. 

Crazy Rich Asians earned mentions for best supporting actress (Michelle Yeoh), ensemble film and intergenerational film. Black Panther will compete in the ensemble category as well — against Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians, The Front Runner and Widows — in addition to scoring a nod for best supporting actress for Angela Bassett. 

Martin Short is booked to host the star-packed awards show, which is set to be held Feb. 4 at the Beverly Wilshire. (The show will be taped and is set to air Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS.)

As previously announced, Shirley MacLaine will also take the stage to pick up the Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.

More information about the awards can be found here

A complete list of nominees follows.

  • Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups

    A Star Is Born
    Can You Ever Forgive Me?
    Green Book

  • Best Actress

    Sandra Bullock (Bird Box)
    Glenn Close (The Wife)
    Viola Davis (Widows)
    Nicole Kidman (Destroyer)
    Julia Roberts (Ben Is Back)

  • Best Actor

    Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate)
    Hugh Jackman (The Front Runner)
    Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)
    Robert Redford (The Old Man & the Gun)
    John C. Reilly (Stan & Ollie)

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Angela Bassett (Black Panther)
    Blythe Danner (What They Had)
    Judi Dench (All Is True)
    Nicole Kidman (Boy Erased)
    Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians)

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Robert Duvall (Widows)
    Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born)
    Robert Forster (What They Had)
    Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
    Ian McKellen (All Is True)

  • Best Director

    Kenneth Branagh (All Is True)
    Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
    Peter Farrelly (Green Book)
    Mimi Leder (On the Basis of Sex)
    Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)


  • Best Screenwriter

    Peter Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie, Nick Vallelonga (Green Book)
    Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara (The Favourite)
    Peter Hedges (Ben Is Back)
    Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
    Paul Schrader (First Reformed)

  • Best Ensemble

    Black Panther
    Bohemian Rhapsody
    Crazy Rich Asians
    The Front Runner

  • Best Grownup Love Story

    All Is True
    On the Basis of Sex
    Private Life
    The Old Man & the Gun
    What They Had

  • Best Intergenerational Film

    A Quiet Place
    Beautiful Boy
    Ben Is Back
    Crazy Rich Asians
    Mary Poppins Returns

  • Best Time Capsule

    Bohemian Rhapsody
    First Man
    If Beale Street Could Talk

  • Best Documentary

    Amazing Grace
    Bathtubs Over Broadway
    The Rest I Make Up
    Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

  • Best Foreign Film

    Cold War (Poland, France, U.K.)
    Never Look Away (Germany)
    Roma (Mexico)
    Shoplifters (Japan)
    The Guilty (Denmark)