Belfast has won AARP Magazine’s Best Picture at the Movies for Grown-ups Awards.
ir Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film took top honors at the awards ceremony, which champions films for viewers over 50.
The ceremony endorses “the fight against ageism in the industry and the promotion of films that resonate with adult viewers.”
Apple TV’s Richmond-based comedy series Ted Lasso, starring Jason Sudeikis, Brett Goldstein and Hannah Waddingham, won Best TV Series.
The winners were announced Friday during a virtual event broadcast on PBS and moderated by Alan Cumming.
It comes after Jude Hill won Best Young Actor at the Critic Choice Awards for his role in Belfast.
With awards season already in full swing for the television and film industries, Belfast is continuing the momentum ahead of the Oscars in less than two weeks.
And while Branagh was accepting a Bafta for Outstanding British Film at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the film’s youngest star was in LA and stole the show at the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Jude, 11, accepted the Best Young Actor award, one of Belfast’s three awards, at a glamorous ceremony at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles last week.
Branagh’s ode to his hometown led with 11 nominations at the ceremony along with Stephen Spielberg’s musical reinterpretation of West Side Story.
It received awards for Best Ensemble Cast and Best Original Screenplay, fueling hope for continued success when the film world gathers for the 94th Academy Awards on March 27
But it was the Gilford-born Jew who stole the hearts of Tinseltown, telling LA that his little brother and sister, Jonah and Georgia, are now trying to follow him into the world of acting.
Jude appeared stunned on stage to accept the award, telling the audience, “I’ll be perfectly honest, I didn’t prepare anything.”
He thanked his castmates, his mother and father, and singled out director Kenneth, adding, “I love you so much, thank you for choosing me.”
But he also had a word for his younger siblings.
“Thanks to my mom and dad for always being there and letting me walk this path in the first place,” Jude said. “And thanks to my little sister and little brother Jonah. They both actually started acting as well. copycat!”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/movie-news/kenneth-branaghs-belfast-wins-best-picture-in-movies-for-grown-ups-awards-41465090.html Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast” wins the Movies for Grown-ups award for best picture