Great Performances Presents Broadcast Premiere of
17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards® with AARP the Magazine
Friday, February 23 at 9 p.m. on PBS, pbs.org/gperf and PBS apps
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
Broadcast and streamed for the first time, 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 premieres nationwide Friday, February 23 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/gperf and PBS apps.
“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.”
“After nearly two decades of celebrating AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups Awards, we are delighted to bring this star-studded evening to PBS’ audience,” said Myrna Blyth, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director for AARP Media. “This is a wonderful collaboration with GREAT PERFORMANCES to further honor extraordinary movies and filmmakers that connect with a powerful 50-plus audience.”
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.”
GREAT PERFORMANCES is produced by THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. Throughout its more than 40-year history on public television, GREAT PERFORMANCES has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming.
For GREAT PERFORMANCES, Mitch Owgang is producer and Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.
About the Movies For Grownups® Awards and AARP The Magazine Print
About AARP The Magazine’s Movies For Grownups® Awards’ Philanthropic Goals
The annual Movies for Grownups® Awards raises funds for AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, which helps struggling people 50-plus around the country transform their lives through programs, services and vigorous legal advocacy. The Foundation works to increase economic opportunity and social connections to prevent and reduce senior poverty.
About AARP The Magazine
With more than 38 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the nation’s largest circulation magazine – and the definitive lifestyle publication – for Americans 50 and older. AARP The Magazine delivers targeted content in three demographic versions – for readers age 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70-plus – including health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. AARP has been publishing a magazine for members since its founding in 1958. AARP The Magazine is published bimonthly in print and continually online. Learn more at www.aarp.org/magazine/.
About WNET Print
WNET is America's flagship PBS station and parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21. WNET also operates NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend and a range of documentaries, children's programs, and local news and cultural offerings. WNET's groundbreaking series for children and young adults include Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase as well as Mission US, the award-winning interactive history game. WNET highlights the tri-state's unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Theater Close-Up, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and MetroFocus, the daily multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. In addition, WNET produces online-only programming including the award-winning series about gender identity, First Person, and an intergenerational look at tech and pop culture, The Chatterbox with Kevin and Grandma Lill. In 2015, THIRTEEN launched Passport, an online streaming service which allows members to see new and archival THIRTEEN and PBS programming anytime, anywhere: www.thirteen.org/passport.