Is the death of movies for grown-ups greatly exaggerated? This year’s best picture Oscar race says yes

Manchester by the Sea
This image released by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios shows Michelle Williams, left, and Casey Affleck in a scene from “Manchester By The Sea.” (Claire Folger / Associated Press)

On Sunday night, nine mostly midbudget films with grown-up themes — loss, war, discrimination, artistic struggle — will compete for best picture at the 89th Academy Awards. More