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Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” named top movie for “grown-ups”

January 28, 2010

Clint Eastwood’s movie “Invictus”, featuring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, might not have bagged any of the top USA/honors so far this awards season but it has come  top  of one annual list — “Best Movie for Grownups,” according to AARP The Magazine catering for the 50+ audience.

The ninth annual list ranking films for the 50+ audience — and ranking actors and actresses aged over 50 — also awarded Robert de Niro a Lifetime Achievement Award that will be presented at a Los Angeles Awards Gala on Feb. 16.

Other awards went to “Julie & Julia” for the ” Best Grownup Love Story,” “The Soloist” for the “Best Buddy Picture” and “Star Trek” for the “Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up.”

Top acting honors went to Jeff Bridges winning best male actor 50+ for country singer Bad  Blake in “Crazy Heart,” Helen Mirren for best actress 50+ in “The Last Station,” and the best supporting acting awards went to Alec Baldwin for “It’s Complicated,” and Kim Basinger for “The Burning Plain.”

“In 2009, 50+ actors and filmmakers took center-stage on the silver screen, turning in performances and films that were riveting and nothing short of daring,” added Bill Newcott, entertainment editor of AARP The Magazine. “Tackling war, apartheid, sexuality and adding real depth to romantic comedies, the 50+ Hollywood community shows once again that they are an integral, much-needed element of the film industry. And 60-year old Meryl Streep proved without a doubt that she is the leading lady of our times, a critical and box-office cottage industry.”


I agree, Invictus is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time and would be top of my list as a ‘grownups movie’- it is inspiring and confirming on a number of levels and should be seen by anyone wanting the answers to ‘turning the other cheek’, dealing with the need for ‘reactionary revenge’, ‘turning your life around’ or bringing about a transformed state. Nelson Mandella saw from his cell that he needed to forgive his persecutors if he was to help his people and lead them with his vision. How could he lead all his people and not perpetrate reactionary revenge, unless he forgave his captors? How could he forgive them? He studied them – their language, culture, history, poems, stories and the people – he understood them, ‘ he wanted to “know his enemy” but he saw the “enemy within” as honestly as we might if we looked deeply and honestly enough. He asked, “Am I capable of what my oppressors are capable of and am I able to do what I want my oppressors to do (ie forgive and live in harmony), and when he recognised that he wasn’t (he was honest about that) then he said to himself – well that’s where I start – I start with myself because how can I ask of others what I can’t do myself. He had a St Paul moment – a revelation that gave him the strength and energy to move mountains –he had something to fight for that was more important than his own petty grievances. He was “Master of his own destiny and captain of his soul”. This is a truly inspiring movie. For those wanting more see the introductory video at,

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