PBS' Great Performances Presents the Broadcast Premiere of the 17th Annual "Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP the Magazine"

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16 February 2018
17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards
Greta Gerwig, from left, Saoirse Ronan, and Laurie Metcalf attend AARP The Magazine’s 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards
Photo by Jordan Strauss/WNET-NY
"Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP the Magazine"
Friday, February 23 at 9 PM ET on PBS
(Check your local listings)

          Available to viewers for the first time ever, the awards feature appearances by Helen Mirren, Gary Oldman, Annette Bening, Alfre Woodard, Blythe Danner, Saoirse Ronan, Greta Gerwig, Laurie Metcalf, Willem Dafoe, Alan Cumming, Mark Hamill, Guillermo Del Toro, Aaron Sorkin, Richard Jenkins, Kelly Marie Tran and more.

          AARP The Magazine’s 17th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards celebrates 2017’s standout films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and recognizes the inspiring artists who make them. Co-produced by THIRTEEN’s Great Performances series, Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP the Magazine.
          “The Movies for Grownups Awards is an exciting new way for Great Performances to recognize outstanding achievement in the performing arts,” said executive producer David Horn. “Adding contemporary cinema is a natural fit for the series and we are happy to share this exceptional talent with viewers on all PBS platforms.”
          The awards were taped live on February 5 at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, California, with host Alan Cumming performing musical parodies of “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Cumming spoke to the heart of Movies for Grownups, saying that “these awards are special, they recognize compelling movies and dynamic performances that appeal to a mature state of mind.”
          Great Performances – Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP the Magazine features a moving tribute to Career Achievement honoree Helen Mirren, whose award is presented by her “Winchester” co-star Jason Clarke. The show also includes Mark Hamill and Kelly Marie Tran presenting director Rian Johnson with Best Picture/Best Movies for Grownups honors for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi;” Ben Mendelsohn presenting Gary Oldman with the Best Actor award for his role as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” and Alfre Woodard presenting Best Actress honors to Annette Bening for her role in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.”
          The broadcast also features the awards for Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Screenwriter, Best Ensemble, Best Grownup Love Story, Best Intergenerational Film, Best Documentary, and a memorable moment with special guest Ken Sturdy, a World War II veteran and survivor of the Battle of Dunkirk, who accepts the Best Time Capsule award for “Dunkirk.”


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