By Joey Magidson
Age is just a number, folks. When it comes to the film industry, especially this year, we’ve seen terrific work from actors, actresses and filmmakers, both young and old. Of course, seniority does bring respect, and there are a number of awards contenders who are on the older side. The business favors the young, though, but the good ones don’t vanish when they’re on the wrong side of 30 or 40.
There are a number of strong Oscar hopefuls this year who are over the age of 55, so the purpose of this week’s list is to highlight and honor them a bit. Not all of them will wind up with nominations, but at least some of them will hear their names called. Regardless, all have added at least one more terrific bit of work to their already stellar resumes.
Some of the people listed below appear as tandems, when appropriate, since it allowed me to cite more than just 10 people — I think the more the merrier! I did try to only do that at the beginning, though, so rest easy that it won’t be a whole list full of that sort of pseudo-cheating. And, for the record, this week’s list is not reflective of any particular order-of-likelihood-of-getting-nominated, but rather just a celebration of the phenomenon and the people.
These individuals aren’t the youngest in the business, but they’re among the best, so they deserve this moment in the sun.
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