With a handful of coveted bronze statues being awarded to the past year’s best films, actors and directors on March 7, we’ve come up with our very own category of nominations dedicated to the fastest growing audience of movie watchers, the baby boomers. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
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With nearly 76 million boomers in the country, movie viewing and box office attendance will most likely see a huge surge as this group transitions from raising a family to empty nesters. “I loved going to the movies before my kids were born,” said Ellen T., a mother of two whose children are now college. “But, between soccer games and dance competitions, I never had the time.” Her husband Ed chimed in, “We’re catching up on the past twenty years,” he chuckled.
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Gone with the Wind (1939)
Let’s state the obvious first. What women wouldn’t want to spend a day being Scarlett O’Hara? This is a love story that started in 1939 and continues to be a favorite in homes today. Winner of ten academy awards including best picture, this film teaches us that love can be powerful. The way Rhett Butler talks to Scarlett, asks her to be his, sweeps her up, and carries her up the stairs are movie moments that can’t be forgotten.