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The Academy Awards and baby boomers

The Academy Awards were disappointing to me this year.

I was rooting for “Frost/Nixon” to win best picture.

I didn’t appreciate the fact that “Slumdog Millionaire” won best picture and so many other awards.

As I blogged earlier, I don’t think that movies that feature torture are anything to brag about or hold in such high esteem. It was a very violent movie.

Two baby boomers won big: Danny Boyle, 51, Director, “Slumdog Millionaire” and Sean Penn, 47, Best Actor, “Milk.”

Other boomers winners are:

  • Best Cinematography, Anthony Dod Mantle, 53 – “Slumdog Millionaire”
  • Best Documentary Feature, James Marsh, 44 – “Man on Wire”
  • Best Foreign Language Film, Yojiro Takita, 52 – “Departures”
  • Best Visual Effects, Craig Barron, 46 – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

There may be other boomer winners. These are all I could find the ages for.

Younger actresses and writers won many of the awards.

Prior to the Academy Awards, AARP developed a list of what it thought are the best movies, actors, and actresses from 2008 for baby boomers in its "Eighth Annual Movies for Grownups" Awards.

AARP's categories and winners are:

  • Best Movie for Grownups – "Frost/Nixon"
  • Best Grownup Love Story – "Last Chance Harvey"
  • Best Intergenerational Film – "The Visitor"
  • Best Comedy for Grownups – "Ghost Town"
  • Best Documentary – "Man on Wire"
  • Best Foreign Language Film – "The Edge of Heaven"
  • Best Buddy Picture – "The Family That Preys"
  • Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up – "Iron Man"
  • Best Actor 50 and Over – Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"
  • Best Actress 50 and Over – Meryl Streep, "Doubt"
  • Best Supporting Actor 50 and Over – Bill Irwin, "Rachel Getting Married"
  • Best Supporting Actress 50 and Over – Christine Baranski and Julie Walters, "Mama Mia!"
  • Best Director 50 and Over – Gus Van Sant, "Milk"
  • Best Screenwriter 50 and Over – J. Michael Straczynski, "Changeling"
  • Breakthrough Accomplishment – Pierce Brosnan, "Mama Mia!"

Not many of these movies won an Oscar.

The Nourishing Relationships blog lamented that the 81st Academy Awards was an unlikely place for sandwiched boomers to look for role models. “After all, the red carpet doesn't exactly represent the clothes and shoes in our closets or the figures reflected back to us in our mirrors each morning.”

However, the blog said boomers could learn these lessons from the winners:

  • Work around obstacles placed in your path. The determination of director Danny Boyle and others connected with “Slumdog Millionaire” to find funding and a distributor after they lost their original backing.
  • Have a Plan B ready. When things don't seem to be going your way, hang in there and give it another try, also “Slumdog Millionaire.”
  • Look at life as a series of opportunities. Host Hugh Jackman chose to define his pre-Oscar feelings as excitement not nervousness.

The blog, Boomers: A Trip into the Heart of the Baby Boomer Generation, lamented the fact that baby boomer Mickey Rourke didn’t win the Best Actor nod in the post “Academy Awards and Heroes; Mickey Rourke, Boomers, and Fighters.”

Bret Green said Rourke’s comeback role in “The Wrestler” reflects aspects of his real-life comeback.

See these two posts for my opinions on the Academy Awards:

“Academy Award Nominated Movies Often Offer Violence and Sadness, Occasionally Inspiration”

“What Did You Think of the Oscar Nominations?”

Maybe we’ll have some better, less violent movies next year.

Copyright 2009, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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Marvin D Wilson

"Maybe we’ll have some better, less violent movies next year."

Hope so.

Good post.


Hi Marvin,

Thanks for your comment. I'm glad to know that there are others like me who would like to see violence in movies reduced.


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