By Chris Manson
The editors of AARP magazine announced this year’s Top Movies for Grownups, and the awards—with host Tony Danza—will air on PBS Jan. 19. Three of the eight Best Picture contenders are already streaming on Netflix, which makes sense since most of AARP’s 50-and-older audience haven’t ventured into a movie theater in at least a decade.
WATCH IT NOW—OR DON’T
The Irishman, Martin Scorsese’s compelling crime epic, is up for Best Picture and is currently on Netflix. Two other nominated films—Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story and Fernando Meirelles’ The Two Popes—are available on the streaming service as well.
Quentin Tarantino’s exhilarating Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood is currently available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital.
The other Best Picture nominees—A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Bombshell, The Farewell, and Little Women—are currently playing in theaters.
Ten movies are up for the honors, including seven of the eight Best Picture nominees plus Downton Abbey, Joker, and Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell. The Farewell did not make the cut.
You can cast your ballot for Readers’ Choice at aarp.org/readerschoice through Jan. 4.
THE BEST TAKEAWAYS
Two Saturday Night Live alumni are up for Best Actor—Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name, currently streaming on Netflix and highly recommended) and Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems, in theaters).
Having recently turned 50, Jennifer Lopez qualified for Best Actress honors. She’s nominated for Hustlers, now on DVD/Blu-ray/etc.
Apparently Mister Rogers isn’t the star of his own movie, as Tom Hanks is up for Best Supporting Actor for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.