AFI Awards 2004 Official Selections Announced

Fifth Annual AFI Almanac Names 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures and TV Programs of the Year

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2004, 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.

AFI AWARDS 2004 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.

Unlike any other film or television award currently given, the AFI AWARDS 2004 selections were made through AFI's unique 13-person jury process in which scholars, artists, critics and AFI trustees discuss, debate and determine the most outstanding achievements of the year, as well as provide a detailed rationale for each selection. Two AFI juries -- one for motion pictures and one for television -- convened in Los Angeles for two days of deliberation. The jurors have remained confidential until today. (Complete list is below.)

AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the honorees at a luncheon sponsored by Ellen Tracy on Friday, January 14, 2005, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The jury rationales for each selection will be revealed at this event.

"AFI is proud to honor these 20 collaborative teams that have made 2004 such a remarkable year in film and television. As the institute recognizes and celebrates excellence across the century, these honorees will be part of the record that documents America's enduring cultural legacy," commented Jean Picker Firstenberg, AFI's Director and CEO.
The honorees are listed below in alphabetical order:

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR-OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

THE AVIATOR
COLLATERAL
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
THE INCREDIBLES
KINSEY
MARIA FULL OF GRACE
MILLION DOLLAR BABY
SIDEWAYS
SPIDER-MAN 2


AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR-OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
DEADWOOD
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
LOST
NIP/TUCK
THE SHIELD
SOMETHING THE LORD MADE
THE SOPRANOS
SOUTH PARK


AFI AWARDS 2004 JURORS

AFI JURY FOR MOTION PICTURES AFI JURY FOR TELEVISION
Roger Ebert Richard Frank
Chicago Sun-Times/Ebert & Roeper The Firm
Chair, AFI Jury for Motion Pictures AFI Board of Trustees
Chair,
AFI Jury for Television
David Ansen
Newsweek Richard Askin, Jr.
Tribune Entertainment Company
Jeanine Basinger President, Academy of
Wesleyan University Television Arts & Sciences
AFI Trustee Emeritus AFI Board of Trustees

Leo Braudy Neal Baer
University of Southern California Producer/Writer

James Cromwell David Bianculli
Actor The Daily News

Naomi Foner Alex Ben Block
Writer/Producer Television Week

Tom Pollock Barbara Corday
Producer Writer/Producer
AFI Board of Trustees
Mary Corey
Robert G. Rehme University of California,
Producer Los Angeles
AFI Board of Trustees
Melanie McFarland
Richard Schickel Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Time Magazine
Producer/Writer/Director Tara McPherson
University of Southern
California
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly Janet Murray
Georgia Institute
Joan Micklin Silver of Technology
Director/Writer AFI Board of Trustees

Michael Wood Horace Newcomb
Princeton University University of Georgia
Director, George Foster
Janet Yang Peabody Awards
Producer
Jerry Offsay
Producer

Matt Roush
TV Guide

About the American Film Institute


AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media. AFI trains the next generation of filmmakers at its world- renowned Conservatory, maintains America's film heritage through the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and explores new digital technologies in entertainment and education through AFI's New Media Ventures. As the largest nonprofit exhibitor in the US, AFI ON SCREEN encompasses the annual AFI FEST presented by Audi: AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival and SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, while offering year-round programming at ArcLight Hollywood and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. AFI AWARDS, the annual almanac for the 21st century, honors the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year, while AFI's 100 Years ... series has ignited extraordinary public interest in classic American movies. And, during the past 32 years, AFI'S LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD has become the highest honor for a career in film. Additional information about AFI is available at AFI.com.

Source: American Film Institute

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