AFI Awards 2004 Official Selections Announced
Los Angeles, CA -- 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
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
MARIA FULL OF GRACE
MILLION DOLLAR BABY
AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR-OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
SOMETHING THE LORD MADE
AFI AWARDS 2004 JURORS
AFI JURY FOR MOTION PICTURES
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times/Ebert & Roeper, Chair, AFI Jury for Motion Pictures
David Ansen, Newsweek
Jeanine Basinger, Wesleyan University, AFI Trustee Emeritus
Leo Braudy, University of Southern California
James Cromwell, Actor
Naomi Foner, Writer/Producer
Tom Pollock, Producer, AFI Board of Trustees
Robert G. Rehme, Producer, AFI Board of Trustees
Richard Schickel, Time Magazine, Producer/Writer/Director
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
Joan Micklin Silver, Director/Writer
Michael Wood, Princeton University
AFI JURY FOR TELEVISION
Richard Frank, The Firm, AFI Board of Trustees, Chair, AFI Jury for Television
Richard Askin, Jr., Tribune Entertainment Company, President, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, AFI Board of Trustees
Neal Baer, Producer/Writer
David Bianculli, The Daily News
Alex Ben Block, Television Week
Barbara Corday, Writer/Producer
Mary Corey, University of California, Los Angeles
Melanie McFarland, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Tara McPherson, University of Southern California
Janet Murray, Georgia Institute of Technology, AFI Board of Trustees
Horace Newcomb, University of Georgia, Director, George Foster Peabody Awards
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.
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