Annette Bening to receive AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award

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Annette Bening appears at the 2017 Golden Globes. [NBC]

Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening will receive the 2019 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award from AARP The Magazine.

Bening – a recipient of two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award – will be honored at the 19th annual Movies for Grownups Awards ceremony Jan. 11 in Beverly Hills, California.

For nearly two decades, AARP’s Movies for Grownups program has championed movies for grownups, by grownups, by advocating for the 50-plus audience, fighting industry ageism and encouraging films that resonate with older viewers, according to a news release.

“Annette Bening has captured our hearts and entertained us for years with her performances,” said Myrna Blyth, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director for AARP Media, in a statement. “We are thrilled to award Annette with our highest honor and recognize a remarkable career.”

Bening will receive Movies for Grownups’ highest honor at the awards ceremony, which will also include recognition for 2019’s best films and filmmakers, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and more.

“I’m really honored that the AARP has selected me. Especially since there are so many people that they could have recognized. These awards acknowledge the kinds of movies we need and don’t get enough of. In that way, the awards are advocates for good moviemaking, for meaningful moviemaking. And to be a part of this is very gratifying,” Bening said in a statement.

She joins a prestigious list of previous AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement honorees, including Shirley MacLaine, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon and Sharon Stone.

Bening began as a leading light of the American stage, stunning her teachers at the American Conservatory Theatre and going on to earn the Drama Desk and Clarence Derwent Awards as well as two Tony Award nominations for “Coastal Disturbances” in 1987 and for “All My Sons” in 2019.

She broke out as a movie star at age 33, earning the first of her four Oscar nominations for Best Actress in “The Grifters,” followed by “American Beauty,” “Being Julia” and “The Kids Are All Right.” Many pundits predict a fifth Oscar nomination for Bening’s 2019 movie “The Report,” in which she portrays Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Throughout a career that spans several decades, Bening has often chosen fearlessly artistic, challenging or noncommercial roles. She’s also given grownup gravitas to the superhero genre, playing a character called Supreme Intelligence in this year’s “Captain Marvel.”

Her films have grossed more than $2 billion and had a resonant impact on our culture. A remarkable number of her honors arrived after age 50: her seventh and eighth Golden Globe Best Actress nominations (and second win), two nominations each for Critics’ Choice, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, Gotham Film Independent Spirit Awards and three Movies for Grownups Awards. She brilliantly portrayed cult actress Gloria Grahame in 2017’s “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” one of many outsider characters she’s immortalized, and Bening has inspired a cult following of her own.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast for the third consecutive year Jan. 19 on PBS’ “Great Performances,” and the PBS Video App. The Awards are co-produced by “Great Performances” and AARP Studios.

“One of the highlights of the Movies for Grownups Awards each year is the presentation of the Career Achievement Award,” said “Great Performances” Executive Producer David Horn in a statement. “We are thrilled to again be presenting this unique program to PBS audiences and to join in honoring Annette Bening’s notable career.”


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