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Older actors up for Oscar awards

An image of best actress nominee Judi Dench

An image of best actress nominee Judi Dench is displayed on a big screen onstage at the 86th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 16, 2014. Credit: Getty Images/Kevin Winter

It may seem that today's movies are made only for teens and 20-somethings, but many recent films have plots and performers older audiences can relate to. Meryl Streep, 64, and Judi Dench, 79, above, have been nominated for best actress Oscars this year. Bruce Dern, 77, is nominated for best actor.

If you're looking for movies to stream or borrow from the library when they become available, here are a few ideas. AARP's current list of Best Movies for Grownups includes Dench's "Philomena" and Dern's "Nebraska," along with two films starring 57-year-old Tom Hanks: "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks." AARP also recommends "12 Years a Slave" and "All Is Lost."

When the Oscars are handed out March 2 (ABC/7), don't be surprised to see older actors and actresses holding their statuettes. The Los Angeles Times reports the average age of this year's Academy Awards voter is 63.

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