American Film Institute Awards 2002

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    I know that Edwin has a thread called "2002 Critics And Other Organizations Top 10 Lists" and this could certainly go there, but, begging his pardon, I think it deserves its own thread. These will not be televised.
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    AFI AWARDS 2002
    OFFICIAL SELECTIONS ANNOUNCED
    Third Annual AFI Almanac Documents Excellence
    Distinguished AFI Juries Select:
    Ten Most Outstanding Motion Pictures
    and Television Programs of the Year
    (plus AFI MOMENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE)
    LOS ANGELES, December 16, 2002–The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2002, AFI’s almanac which records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television as well as significant moments in the world of the moving image.
    The selections were made through AFI’s unique jury process in which one chair, three scholars, three artists, three critics and three AFI Trustees discuss, debate and determine the most outstanding achievements of the year and provide a rationale for each selection.
    Two AFI Juries–one for motion pictures and one for television–convened at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles, California for two days of deliberation. The jurors have remained confidential until today. (Complete list attached.)
    AFI AWARDS 2002 is the only form of national recognition that honors the film and television creative ensemble as a whole–those people in front of and behind the camera–acknowledging the collaborative nature of film and television.
    "We salute the collaborative team of artists that created these American landmarks and their place in our rich, cultural legacy," commented Jean Picker Firstenberg, AFI Director and CEO.
    AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the honorees at a luncheon on January 16, 2003 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
    The honorees are listed below in alphabetical order:
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    AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR–OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
    ABOUT A BOY
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    PRINCIPAL CAST Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult
    DIRECTOR Paul Weitz & Chris Weitz
    PRODUCER Jane Rosenthal, Robert DeNiro, Tim Bevan, Brad Epstein, Eric Fellner
    SCREENWRITER Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz
    COMPOSER Badly Drawn Boy
    CINEMATOGRAPHER Remi Adefarasin
    EDITOR Nick Moore
    PRODUCTION DESIGN Jim Clay
    RATIONALE: ABOUT A BOY is a pure comic pleasure. This mature look at immaturity is witty, smart and heartwarming without being sentimental. In a world where laughs are precious, yet film comedy is undervalued, ABOUT A BOY is a tonic for what ails us. Hugh Grant proves once again that his charm is boundless.
    ABOUT SCHMIDT
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    PRINCIPAL CAST Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Len Cariou, Howard Hessman, Kathy Bates
    DIRECTOR Alexander Payne
    PRODUCER Harry Gittes & Michael Besman
    SCREENWRITER Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
    COMPOSER Rolfe Kent
    CINEMATOGRAPHER James Glennon
    EDITOR Kevin Tent
    PRODUCTION DESIGN Jane Ann Stewart
    RATIONALE: ABOUT SCHMIDT puts a new face on film satire, embodied in a towering performance by Jack Nicholson. The movie presents America’s heartland with a richness of detail that brings a unique light to this funny, sad and always captivating tale.
    ADAPTATION
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    PRINCIPAL CAST Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper,
    DIRECTOR Spike Jonze
    PRODUCER Jonathan Demme, Vincent Landay, Edward Saxon
    SCREENWRITER Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman
    COMPOSER Carter Burwell
    CINEMATOGRAPHER Lance Accord
    EDITOR Eric Zumbrunnen
    PRODUCTION DESIGN KK Barrett
    VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR Gray Marshall
    RATIONALE: ADAPTATION is a film that makes the word "original" seem ordinary. Both entertaining and intelligent, the film mercilessly destroys an audience’s expectations and demands that it keep up…keep laughing…or be cut out of the final draft.
    ANTWONE FISHER
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    PRINCIPAL CAST Derek Luke, Denzel Washington, Joy Bryant, Salli Richardson, Viola Davis
    DIRECTOR Denzel Washington
    PRODUCER Todd Black, Randa Haines, Denzel Washington
    SCREENWRITER Antwone Fisher
    COMPOSER Mychael Danna
    CINEMATOGRAPHER Philippe Rousselot
    EDITOR Conrad Buff
    PRODUCTION DESIGN Nelson Coates
    RATIONALE: ANTWONE FISHER provides a clarion call for all films that strive to bring unspoken topics into the national conversation. For a modern world drowning in cynicism, this is an honest and sincere film that helps us understand that sometimes we have to go home again before we can go forward. Derek Luke’s performance in the title role heralds the arrival of a fresh, new talent.
    CHICAGO
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    PRINCIPAL CAST Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly
    DIRECTOR Rob Marshall
    PRODUCER Martin Richards
    SCREENWRITER Bill Condon
    COMPOSER Danny Elfman
    CINEMATOGRAPHER Dion Beebe
    EDITOR Martin Walsh
    PRODUCTION DESIGN John Myhre
    RATIONALE: CHICAGO gives contemporary audiences the "old razzle dazzle" with an explosion of talent and energy that dares them not to applaud after each musical number. The film pioneers new ground in this uniquely American art form and reminds us once again of the brilliance of Bob Fosse.
    FRIDA
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    PRINCIPAL CAST Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Valerio Golina, Mia Maestro, Roger Rees
    DIRECTOR Julie Taymor
    PRODUCER Sarah Green, Salma Hayek, Jay Polstein
    SCREENWRITER Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava & Anna Thomas
    COMPOSER Elliot Goldenthal
    CINEMATOGRAPHER Rodrigo Prieto
    EDITOR Francoise Bonnot
    PRODUCTION DESIGN Felipe Fernandez
    VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR Amoeba Proteus
    RATIONALE: FRIDA is a movie about art that is a work of art in itself. The film’s unique visual language takes us into an artist’s head and reminds us that art is best enjoyed when it moves, breathes and is painted on a giant canvas, as only the movies can provide.
    GANGS OF NEW YORK
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    PRINCIPAL CAST Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Liam Neeson, Henry Thomas
    DIRECTOR Martin Scorsese
    PRODUCER Alberto Grimaldo
    SCREENWRITER Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan
    COMPOSER Howard Shore
    CINEMATOGRAPHER Michael Ballhaus
    EDITOR Thelma Schoonmaker
    PRODUCTION DESIGN Dante Ferretti
    VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR Michael Owens
    RATIONALE: GANGS OF NEW YORK is bravura filmmaking by an American master. Martin Scorsese’s epic tale moves with cinematic elegance from New York City’s Five Points to Ground Zero, and the story it tells will be a revelation to today’s audiences. Daniel Day Lewis’ mesmerizing performance as Bill the Butcher creates one of the great screen villains of all time.
    THE HOURS
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    PRINCIPAL CAST Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore , Nicole Kidman,
    Allison Janney, Ed Harris, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels,
    Stephen Dillane, John C. Reilly,
    Miranda Richardson, Toni Collette
    DIRECTOR Stephen Daldry
    PRODUCER Scott Rudin and Robert Fox
    SCREENWRITER David Hare
    COMPOSER Philip Glass
    CINEMATOGRAPHER Seamus McGarvey
    EDITOR Peter Boyle
    PRODUCTION DESIGN Maria Djurkovic
    RATIONALE: THE HOURS provides further proof that film is the language of the 21st Century. A strong adaptation of a difficult literary project, THE HOURS blossoms on-screen in a brilliant, ever-unfolding exploration of madness. Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore create an acting ensemble across time…and for the ages.
    THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    PRINCIPAL CAST Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Brad Dourif, Sean Bean, Andy Serkis
    DIRECTOR Peter Jackson
    PRODUCER Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh
    SCREENWRITER Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Stephen Sinclair, Fran Walsh
    COMPOSER Howard Shore
    CINEMATOGRAPHER Andrew Lesnie
    EDITOR Michael Horton
    PRODUCTION DESIGN Grant Major
    VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke
    RATIONALE: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS is an epic screen experience that will inspire awe in generations of movie lovers for years to come. Though presented on a massive scale, the film’s attention to detail and its emotional depth are the heart of its extraordinary achievement. Whether marching in the shadow of 10,000 warriors or showing two people talking, Peter Jackson’s personal vision for the trilogy fully realizes J. R. R. Tolkien’s boundless literary imagination.
    THE QUIET AMERICAN
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    PRINCIPAL CAST Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen, Rade Sherbedgia, Tzi Ma
    DIRECTOR Phillip Noyce
    PRODUCER Staffan Ahrenberg, William Horberg
    SCREENWRITER Christopher Hampton and Robert Schenkkan
    COMPOSER Craig Armstrong
    CINEMATOGRAPHER Christopher Doyle
    EDITOR John Scott
    PRODUCTION DESIGN Roger Ford
    VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR Murray Pope
    RATIONALE: THE QUIET AMERICAN gives us an inside look at America’s early involvement in Vietnam at a time when audiences are evaluating how the world perceives the United States’ role in global politics. The film brilliantly captures 1950s Saigon as well as the subtleties of Graham Greene’s novel. Michael Caine continues to prove that he is the most consistently reliable actor in American film.
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    AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR–OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
    THE BELIEVER
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    PRODUCER Susan Hoffman, Christopher Roberts, Jay Firestone, Adam Haight, Daniel Diamond, Eric Sandys
    PRINCIPAL CAST Ryan Gosling, Summer Phoenix
    DIRECTOR Henry Bean
    WRITER Henry Bean
    EDITOR Mayin Lo, Lee Percy
    DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Jim Denault
    PRODUCTION DESIGNER Susan Block
    COMPOSER Joel Diamond
    RATIONALE: THE BELIEVER is proof that television can take the most difficult and disturbing of subject matters and bring them to a national audience with style and grace. Ryan Gosling’s performance stands out among the year’s most extraordinary acting achievements.
    BOOMTOWN
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    CREATOR Graham Yost
    SHOWRUNNER Graham Yost, Jon Avnet
    PRODUCER Graham Yost, Jon Avnet
    PRINCIPAL CAST Donnie Wahlberg, Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, Gary Basaraba, Nina Garbiras, Lana Parrilla, Jason Gedrick
    DIRECTOR Jon Avnet
    WRITER Graham Yost
    EDITOR Debbie Neil Fischer
    DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Denis Lenoir
    PRODUCTION DESIGNER Michael Hanan
    DIGITAL EFFECTS ARTIST Ric Zorro
    COMPOSER Philip Giffen
    RATIONALE: In a television world populated with crime dramas, BOOMTOWN explodes with originality. By presenting multiple points-of-view in a non-linear narrative style, BOOMTOWN dares to be gray in a colorful medium that often presents its heroes and villains in black and white. Every week its considerable action unfolds with a sense of moral ambiguity that enriches the storytelling.
    DOOR TO DOOR
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    PRODUCER David Rosemont, Dan Angel, Billy Brown, Forest Whitaker, Robert J. King
    PRINCIPAL CAST William H. Macy, Helen Mirren, Kyra Sedgwick, Kathy Baker
    DIRECTOR Steven Schachter
    WRITER William H. Macy, Steven Schachter
    EDITOR Paul Dixon
    DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Jan Kiesser
    PRODUCTION DESIGNER Brent Thomas
    COMPOSER Jeff Beal
    RATIONALE: DOOR TO DOOR is a small film with a giant impact. This intimate story knocks on your door, makes itself comfortable in your living room and offers you its life-affirming tale at no cost. William Macy’s performance is a work of love, on par with the landmark achievements of Dustin Hoffman in RAINMAN and Cliff Robertson in CHARLY.
    EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    CREATOR Philip Rosenthal
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Stu Smiley, Rory Rosegarten, Lew Schneider, Tucker Cawley, Steve Skrovan, Jeremy Stevens, Ray Romano, Philip Rosenthal
    CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Tom Caltabiano, Aaron Shure, Lisa Helfrich Jackson
    PRODUCER Mike Royce, Ken Ornstein
    CO-PRODUCER Holly Gailen
    PRINCIPAL CAST Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, Madylin Sweetin
    DIRECTOR Jerry Zacks
    WRITER Ray Romano
    EDITOR Pat Barnett
    DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Pat Barnett
    PRODUCTION DESIGNER Sharon Busse
    COMPOSER Rick Marotta
    RATIONALE: EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND…and AFI does too. This modern classic consistently makes big comedy out of small things, and its laughs are often enriched with insights into family togetherness that many dramas struggle to characterize.
    THE GATHERING STORM
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Julie Payne
    CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Lisa Ellzey, Tracey Scoffield
    PRODUCER Frank Doelger, David M. Thompson
    CO-PRODUCER Sue Berger
    PRINCIPAL CAST Albert Finney, Tom Hiddleston, Timothy Bentinck, Ronnie Barker, Diana Hoddinott, Dolly Wells, Vanessa Redgrave
    DIRECTOR Richard Loncraine
    WRITER Hugh Whitemore, Larry Ramin
    EDITOR Jim Clark
    DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Peter Hannan
    PRODUCTION DESIGNER Luciana Arrighi
    DIGITAL EFFECTS ARTIST Angus Bickerton
    COMPOSER Howard Goodall
    RATIONALE: THE GATHERING STORM utilizes the medium to present epic subject matter on a very intimate scale. This unexplored chapter in the Churchill saga is masterfully brought to life by the performances of Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave.
    GILMORE GIRLS
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    CREATOR Amy Sherman-Palladino
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Amy Sherman-Palladino, Gavin Polone, Daniel Palladino
    SUPERVISING PRODUCER Sheila R. Lawrence
    CONSULTING PRODUCER Allan Heinberg
    PRODUCER Patricia Fass Palmer
    CO-PRODUCER Helen Pai
    PRINCIPAL CAST Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Scott Patterson, Liza Weil, Jared Padalecki, Milo Ventimiglia, Sean Gunn, Kelly Bishop
    DIRECTOR Robert Berlinger
    WRITER Amy Sherman-Palladino
    EDITOR Jill Savitt
    DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Michael A. Price
    PRODUCTION DESIGNER Lauren Crasco
    COMPOSER Sam Phillips
    RATIONALE: GILMORE GIRLS fulfills television’s promise to elevate its audience through entertainment. The program creates a beautifully self-contained universe, where the traditional rules of television seem not to apply. The unique mother/daughter relationship drives the drama with heart, virtue and laughter.
    THE SIMPSONS
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    CREATOR Matt Groening
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Al Jean, James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon
    CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Ian Maxtone-Graham, Matt Selman, Dan Greaney, Josh Lieb, Al Jean, James L. Brooks, Matt Groening
    SUPERVISING PRODUCER Larina Jean Adamson, Carolyn Omine, Tim Long, John Frink, Don Payne, Dana Gould, Kevin Curran, Brian Kelley,
    PRODUCER George Meyer, Ron Hauge, Tom Gammill, Max Pross, David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Jon Vitti, Richard Raynis, Bonita Pietila, David Silverman, Denise Sirkot, Richard Sakai
    CO-PRODUCER Marc Wilmore
    ANIMATION PRODUCER Mike Wolf, Laurie Biernacki
    ANIMATION EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS John Hyde, John Bush
    PRINCIPAL CAST Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer
    DIRECTOR Lauren MacMullan, Robert Pinsky
    SUPERVISING DIRECTOR Jim Reardon
    WRITER Jon Vitti
    EDITOR Michael Bridge, Don Barrozo
    COMPOSER Alf Clausen, Danny Elfman
    RATIONALE: Even as it enters its 14th season, THE SIMPSONS continues to bring television audiences social and cultural satire in the finest of America’s comedic tradition. Irreverent and literate, timeless and timely, this show may be the most comically dense series in the history of television, and one where adults and children alike can enjoy a laugh.
    SIX FEET UNDER
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    CREATOR Alan Ball
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Alan Ball, Alan Poul, Robert Greenblatt, David Janollari
    CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Bruce Eric Kaplan
    SUPERVISING PRODUCER Rick Cleveland, Scott Buck, Laurence Andries
    PRODUCER Christian Taylor, Jill Soloway
    CO-PRODUCER Robert Del Valle, Lori Jo Nemhauser
    PRINCIPAL CAST Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew St. Patrick, Rachel Griffiths, Richard Jenkins
    DIRECTOR Daniel Attias
    WRITER Jill Soloway
    EDITOR Michael Ruscio
    DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Alan Caso
    PRODUCTION DESIGNER Daniel Ross
    COMPOSER Thomas Newman, Richard Marvin
    RATIONALE: SIX FEET UNDER breaks new ground every week…literally. This show drags the uncomfortable topic of mortality into the living room and watches television’s most unusual family struggle with matters of life and death in equally unusual ways.
    THE SOPRANOS
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    CREATOR David Chase
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER David Chase, Brad Grey, Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess, Ilene S. Landress
    CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Terence Winter
    PRODUCER Henry J. Bronchtein, Martin Bruestle
    CO-PRODUCER Ann Holm, Gianni Maria Smart
    PRINCIPAL CAST James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Tony Sirico, Drea De Matteo, Joe Pantoliano, John Ventimiglia, Federico Castelluccio, Aida Turturro, Ateven R. Shirripa, Vincent Curatola, Michael Imperioli, Robert Iler, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Dominic Chianese, Steven Van Zandt
    DIRECTOR Tim Van Patten
    WRITER Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess
    EDITOR William B. Stich
    DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Phil Abraham
    PRODUCTION DESIGNER Bob Shaw
    COMPOSER Kathryn Dayak
    RATIONALE: THE SOPRANOS embraces America in a big family hug…and doesn’t let go. The show has shattered the expectation of what television can be and reminds us this year that compelling drama — like the death of a marriage — is as powerful and painful as murder. James Gandolfini and Edie Falco consistently transcend the art of acting — particularly in the final episode of the season.
    THE WEST WING
    CREATIVE ENSEMBLE:
    CREATOR Aaron Sorkin
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, John Wells
    CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Alex Graves, Kevin Falls, Christopher Misiano
    PRODUCER Paul Redford, Kristin Harms, Neal Ahern, Jr., Llewellyn Wells
    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Mindy Kanaskie, Patrick Ward
    PRINCIPAL CAST Rob Lowe, Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford, Martin Sheen
    DIRECTOR Christopher Misiano
    WRITER Aaron Sorkin
    EDITOR Russell Denove
    DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Thomas Del Ruth
    PRODUCTION DESIGNER Kenneth Hardy
    COMPOSER W.G. Snuffy Walden
    RATIONALE: Week after week, THE WEST WING projects a heroism that America yearns for in its political system. Heightened by its extraordinary use of language, THE WEST WING puts American civic life in a dramatic context, placing the White House in the national conversation and often bringing pertinent global issues to the watercooler on mornings after a broadcast.
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    AFI MOMENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE
    DVD IN/VHS OUT
    The sale of DVDs surpassed VHS sales for the first time in 2002. In addition to signaling the desire by consumers for quality picture and sound, the enormous success of DVD inspires filmmakers and studios to invest time, effort and money in presenting additional materials for films old and new. The access to these materials represents a significant step in film education for both the general public and scholars.
    MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING
    Originally developed by Nia Vardalos as a one-woman stage show, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING became a word-of-mouth phenomena and went on to become both the highest-grossing independent film of all time and, more significantly, the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. Miss Vardalos adapted the screenplay from her play and starred in the film. Without the benefit of a major marketing and advertising campaign, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING provides a reminder that the public is the ultimate arbiter of what makes good entertainment.
    CRISIS IN TV JOURNALISM
    As television news has become a larger profit center for network and cable channels, an intensely competitive environment has increased the tendency to blur the line between news/commentary, news/entertainment and news/advocacy on all channels. AFI hopes that television will find a solution that will better serve the public interest, but in the interim, reminds audiences that the responsibility to seek an objective opinion is more difficult to find on a single channel.
    AMERICAN IDOL
    Fox’s AMERICAN IDOL brought an old-fashioned concept into the new century when young amateurs from around the nation competed for the title of "American Idol." Founded in a television concept that can be traced back to Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, which ran on CBS from 1948 to 1958, the slickly packaged summer series swept the nation with the notion that the American dream is still alive for young, talented performers.
    WOMEN LEAD ALL FOUR GUILDS
    When Martha Coolidge became the first female president of the Directors Guild of America on March 10, 2002, all of the major guilds were led by women for the first time. Victoria Riskin has served as president of the Writers Guild since September 21, 2001. Kathleen Kennedy served as co-president of the Producers Guild in 2001 and was elected president on May 20, 2002. Melissa Gilbert was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild on March 9, 2002.
    THE OSBOURNES
    THE OSBOURNES is the happy accident of 2002, garnering a legion of fans by presenting the day-to-day tribulations of their strange, but loving family in a hybrid of reality television, situation comedy and melodrama. Where 1973’s television experiment THE AMERICAN FAMILY shattered the image of a "normal" family, THE OSBOURNES have shattered the image of an "abnormal" family by reminding America that each family is unique in its own, often bizarre, way.
    MOVIELINK.COM LAUNCHES MODEL FOR FUTURE DISTRIBUTION
    Five of Hollywood’s biggest studios (Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal, Warner Bros.) launched a video-on-demand service that will allow consumers to access the studios’ libraries of films via a broadband Internet connection. The joint venture is one of the biggest distribution advances since Hollywood’s earliest days, when studios distributed their films to a network of studio-owned theaters.
    STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS TAKEN
    The Sci Fi Channel’s ambitious presentation of the 20-hour epic mini-series TAKEN has resurrected the potential for long-form storytelling on commercial television. Scheduled over ten consecutive weeknights, this landmark achievement and the vast creative ensemble who collaborated to bring it to television — including 10 different directors and a single writer — will hopefully spawn others who take risks at this level.
    TIVO BECOMES A VERB
    As further evidence of the digital revolution continuum, TIVO and other "personal recording devices" have penetrated the national consciousness to a degree that they have begun to affect how television is not only watched, but produced and presented.
    BILLY WILDER, 1906 - 2002
    On March 27, legendary writer/director/producer Billy Wilder died at the age of 95. Recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1986 and winner of five Academy Awards, Wilder gave the world several of America’s greatest film achievements, including SUNSET BLVD., DOUBLE INDEMNITY, THE APARTMENT, THE LOST WEEKEND and SOME LIKE IT HOT.
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    ABOUT AFI
    AFI is the preeminent organization dedicated to advancing and preserving the art of film, television and other forms of the moving image. AFI trains the next generation of moving image artists, provides leadership in the nationwide film and television preservation effort and explores new technologies in the digital media arts. AFI also presents the best of film through the AFI International Film Festival (AFI Fest), the AFI National Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the annual AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor given for a career in film. Opening in 2003, the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center will offer a year-round program of the best in American and international cinema, featuring an eclectic mix of festivals, premieres, retrospectives, special events, tributes, guest appearances and education programs. More information about AFI can be found by visiting its Web site, located at www.AFI.com.
     
  2. Edwin Pereyra

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    Looks like a partial list at this time. They usually name the top 5 in all the other categories. Anyway, I'm surprised to not see Far From Heaven on their list as that film embodies what the organization stands for.
    For a perspective, here is their list from last year:
    AFI Movie Of The Year:
    The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (New Line)
    Directed by Peter Jackson
    Other Nominees:
    A Beautiful Mind (Universal)
    Directed by Ron Howard
    Black Hawk Down (Columbia)
    Directed by Ridley Scott
    In The Bedroom (Miramax)
    Directed by Todd Field
    The Man Who Wasn't There (USA Films)
    Directed by Joel Coen
    Memento (Newmarket)
    Directed by Christopher Nolan
    Monster's Ball (Lions Gate)
    Directed by Marc Forster
    Moulin Rouge (Fox)
    Directed by Baz Luhrmann
    Mulholland Dr. (Universal Focus)
    Directed by David Lynch
    Shrek (DreamWorks)
    Directed by Adam Adamson and Vicky Jenson
    ~Edwin
     
  3. Vickie_M

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    Hmmm, that came directly from their web site. There was a link to a Press Release, but when I clicked on it I got an error message (couldn't launch Acrobat). Maybe there's something else on there. Let us know if you (or anyone) goes there.

    I'm also not clear as to if they'll be announcing one "winner" as LOTR:FOTR was last year, or just sticking to a Top 10.
     
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  5. Seth Paxton

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    You might note that 4 of the 5 Best Pix noms came from that list last year, with Gosford Park being left off.

    So perhaps if you put Far From Heaven in the place of Gosford Park then you can put together the other 4 from the list above and come damn close at a guess to the final 5 Oscar noms.

    I would take About a Boy, Quiet American, and Frida out of it right away based on buzz.

    Leaves us Gangs, Adaptation, TTT, Schmidt, Fisher, Chicago, Hours. I think any 4 of those could easily be the other 4 Oscar noms (or all 5).

    Anyway, another strong list by the AFI. I sure hope they haven't gone back to their old methods of just having a top 10, period. Just because there is no TV doesn't make it a worthwhile group/awards.
     
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    I'm glad to see Gilmore Girls selected as one of the TV programs of the year.

    ~T
     

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