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GREAT PERFORMANCES : Movies for Grownups with AARP the Magazine

Jamie Lee Curtis
Courtesy of Andrew Eccles
Courtesy of Andrew Eccles
Jamie Lee Curtis

Premieres Friday, Feb. 17, 2023 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2 / PBS App

AARP The Magazine has unveiled the winners of the 21st annual Movies for Grownups® Awards, featuring honorees from ABBOTT ELEMENTARY, "Elvis," "Everything Everywhere All at Once," "The Fabelmans," "The Whale," and more, as "Top Gun: Maverick" was awarded Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups, the evening’s top honor. Tonight’s event, which was hosted by Alan Cumming, will be broadcast nationwide by GREAT PERFORMANCES on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Movies for Grownups Awards 2023 Preview

The evening’s highlights included Austin Butler, who delivered a touching introduction for Best Director winner Baz Luhrmann for "Elvis." “No matter what the subject is, his intent is to create art for audiences of all ages to enjoy together,” Butler said. “The stories are specific, and his messages are universal.”


Another memorable moment from the evening was Jamie Lee Curtis who received this year’s Career Achievement Award, which was presented to her by Brian Tyree Henry. “At the end of the day, what I love most about grownups is that we are more alike than different – grown ups suit up and show up each day, regardless of the way our cards were dealt," said Curtis. "It’s the beauty of grownups and I’m honored to be considered one because it’s a badge of honor that I wear proudly on my face, on my body, in my mind and in my soul and I’m grateful for AARP tonight for this beautiful recognition.”

Jamie Lee Curtis Wins Career Achievement Award

Additional noteworthy moments included Alan Cumming's musical parody of the beloved song, “My Favorite Things” altered to include his favorite “binge-worthy things,” Lisa Anne Walter who presented the award for Best TV Actress to Sheryl Lee Ralph for ABBOTT ELEMENTARY, who thanked “AARP for shining a light on aging,” and Hong Chau who presented the award for Best Actor to Brendan Fraser for his role in "The Whale." The evening closed out with Glen Powell who presented the award for Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups to Jerry Bruckheimer for "Top Gun: Maverick."

“We are delighted to celebrate and honor these talented filmmakers, that made the 50-plus audience excited to stream the best that TV has to offer, or go back to the theatres and enjoy movies once again,” said Heather Nawrocki, VP of AARP’s Movies for Grownups program. “The older audience loves to be entertained, and this year’s awardees do not disappoint!”

Highlights from Movies for Grownups 2023

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