It’s that time of year again. The nominations for The Golden Globes were announced on Thursday, and Next Avenue did a great job of highlighting all the older actors, writers and directors who are in the running. More than two dozen nominees are age 50 and up.
Especially noteworthy is the fact that 10 of the nominees are age 70-plus — they range from 70 to 80 (yes, the octogenarian is Maggie Smith). Perhaps the efforts of Helen Mirren, Patricia Arquette and other actors who’ve spoken out this year about Hollywood’s ageism paid off at nomination time.
In 2015, Maggie Gyllenhaal was credited with giving one of the award ceremony’s best acceptance speeches: “What I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual woman in television and in film,” she said. “That’s what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary, and it’s what’s turning me on.” Could one of this year’s senior nominees be waiting to give a rousing speech about complicated, actual older characters?
Take our poll and tell us whose acceptance speech you can’t wait to hear! And be sure to catch the Golden Globes on January 11 on NBC.