Older Adults in Film and the Academy Awards

This year’s Academy Award ceremony’s red carpet will be graced with many more older adults (60+) than last year’s. There were only four older adult performances in last year’s nominated movies compared to ten this year.

Here is a list of the movies with descriptions from the Internet Movie Database:

  1. For his performance in Birdman, Michael Keaton, age 63, was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Keaton portrays a washed up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battling his ego and attempting to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play.
  2. American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood, age 84, has been nominated for Best Picture. The movie is based on a true story about Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle whose pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel, nominated for Best Picture, boasts a talented cast of supporting older actors including; F. Murray Abraham, age 75, Jeff Goldblum, age 62, Harvey Keitel, age 75, Bill Murray, age 64 and Tom Wilkinson, age 67. The movie follows the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
  4. Selma, nominated for Best Picture stars Jim France, age 70. Selma chronicle’s Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
  5. Actor J. K. Simmons, age 60, received a Best Actor in a Supporting Role nomination, for his work in Whiplash. The movie is about a promising young drummer who enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.
  6. For his portrayal of the judge, Robert Duvall, age 84, was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in The Judge. The movie sees big city lawyer Hank Palmer return to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
  7. Actress Meryl Streep, age 65, was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Into the Woods. A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.

It’s wonderful to see the big screen embracing the talents of older adults and more accurately reflecting today’s society. Cheer on your favourite nominee during this year’s Academy Awards on February 22.

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