“And the Nomination Goes to…”

Oscar nomination week is always an exciting time for movie lovers, and we’ve been happy to see some of our favorites — and yours — get singled out for Academy Award consideration. Bryan Cranston, our Movies for Grownups choice for Best Actor, and Mark Rylance, our MFG Supporting Actor choice, both got Oscar nods (for Trumbo and Bridge of Spies, respectively). Spotlight, our selection as Best Picture, is an Oscar nominee as well. All three will receive Movies for Grownups awards …

Biggest Fashion Statement of 2015 Oscars? Understatement!

Did you notice that the biggest fashion statement at Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony was understatement? No matter her age, almost every woman walking the red carpet looked respectable, not racy. Even Lady Gaga! We may not have been invited to the 87th annual Academy Awards, but we boomerettes still have to attend our fair share of parties, weddings and other celebrations in a typical year. As you plan what to wear to those, consider what I learned during Sunday night’s …

Oscar Night Fun for the 50-Plus Crowd

The Oscar gods were good to artists over 50 on Sunday with Birdman director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Whiplash star J.K. Simmons and Julianne Moore of Still Alice taking home top awards, plus a surprise appearance by 79-year-old acting icon Julie Andrews brought the star-studded audience to its feet. J.K. Simmons, who looked hip in a black fedora as he walked the red carpet, ended the long awards season with the one that had been predicted throughout, best supporting actor, and he was as eloquent as he was dapper while giving a loving …

Who Will Win Oscars — and Who Really Should

Still on the fence about who should win Oscars this Sunday night? Here’s a little grownup guidance. Best actress: Not even close. Our own Movies for Grownups best actress winner, Julianne Moore, gave the performance of a lifetime as a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice. Reese Witherspoon will get some sentimental votes for going gritty in Wild, but Oscar voters will issue “see-you-next-time” condolences to youngsters Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Penguins, which swallow their food whole, don’t have much sense of taste. (Learn more at Discovery) 2. Bronzed baby shoes are making a comeback. (Learn more at CBS Sacramento)   3. Snail teeth are made of the strongest natural substance yet discovered, which could be copied to make race cars, boat hulls and airplanes. (Learn more at Quartz) >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. 4. In July, Random House will bring out a never-published book by Theodore …

Mike Nichols, Director of ‘The Graduate,’ Dies at 83

Mike Nichols, who died on Nov. 19 at age 83 in New York, might have gone down as one of the great directors in Hollywood history based upon his first two films alone. His 1966 adaptation of the Edward Albee play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was nominated for 13 Oscars and won five. His second, 1967’s The Graduate, won him the Best Director statuette, and its witty, provocative send-up of upper-middle-class mores — set to a Simon and Garfunkel …