The Disney-Lucasfilm movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi bagged the award for the best movie for grownups, which was presented on Monday night at AARP The Magazine’s 17th annual awards show, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
The Last Jedi outperformed Get Out, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, to get the honor. Director Rian Johnson received the award from Mark Hamill and Kelly Marie Tran, and the director said it was time to do away with the custom that one should not be meeting their own film’s heroes.
“You’re Luke Skywalker, man,” he told Hamill.
Tran said that this was her first movie and it made her believe that nothing is impossible, considering that she is the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants.
The best actor award went to Gray Oldman for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” and the best actress award to Annette Bening for her character of Gloria Grahame in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.” Richard Jenkins won the best supporting actor for “The Shape of Water,” and the best director went to Guillermo Del Toro for the same film.
The supporting actress award was won by Laurie Metcalf for “Lady Bird,” which was presented to her by co-star Saoirse Ronan and director Greta Gerwig.
The 97-year-old Ken Sturdy, who had been a part of the Dunkirk rescue, received the award for the best time capsule film for “Dunkirk,” which was based on the rescue of nearly 340,000 Allied soldiers by a fleet of 800 tiny British boats. Sturdy said that the film rekindled his old memories, adding, “How we saved so many of them is what the film is about.”
Aaron Sorkin received the best screenplay award from Molly Bloom for “Molly’s Game” based on a book written by Bloom about conducting the biggest underground poker game in LA and New York. “I won’t be able to thank him in a thousand years, but this is a good start,” she said.
The best ensemble honor went to Get Out. The film’s cast member Marcus Henderson made everyone laugh by asking, “Is this the AARP Awards or the audition for ‘Get Out 2′?”
The best intergeneration movie award was given to “The Florida Project” and “I Am Not Your Negro” won the award for documentary.
“Highlighting racial injustice is a problem that still needs to be solved,” said presenter Shari Belafonte.
The AARP Magazine editors chose the winners. The organization had been known as the American Association of Retired Persons long back, and it had renamed itself many years back as American Association of Real Possibilities.
The Movies for Grownups career achievement award was given to Actress Helen Mirren at the event hosted by Alan Cumming, and it will be telecast on Feb 23 on PBS ‘Great Performances.”