Enough about the Oscars. Let's hear it for the AARP! At least they recognize that some of us actually like grownup films, AND grownup actors! Looking over their winners and also-rans this year it occurs to me that we over-50-and-lovin'-it-ers had a pretty good number of our age group involved in films this last year... not enough, mind you, but some goodies.
Their Best Movie For Grownups was "Frost/Nixon,” runners up being "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” "Doubt,” "Married Life,” "The Wrestler.” Some pretty good 'older' actors involved there!
Best Actress Over 50: Meryl Streep in "Doubt", with runners up Frances McDormand in "Burn After Reading," Catherine Deneuve in "A Christmas Tale," Alfre Woodard in "Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys," and Annette Bening in "The Women." Now how can anyone see any of these women's work in these films and not realize what great depth age, experience and, yes, faces that have absorbed life, give to the stories??
And there's more: Best Supporting Actress 50 and Over. It was a tie… Christine Baranski and Julie Walters in "Mamma Mia!" with runners up Kim Cattrall in "Sex and the City: The Movie," Bette Midler in "Then She Found Me," Debra Winger in "Rachel Getting Married," and Cloris Leachman in "The Women."
I have seen about 90% of these films, and loved all these wonderful actresses' work! Now I shall be renting, buying or tivo-ing the others, which I am sure to love equally as much. This has hardened my resolve to get out to the box office this year for every film that stars or features actresses over 50! We need to continue to show the powers-that-be that we are here, that we care about this issue, and that we have a voice (as well as money!). Won't you join me?
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