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. ================================================== = 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: ============================================== 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. ============================================== 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. ============================================== 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. ============================================== 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.