Remember, the AFI Top Ten list is only American films. Here’s the final top ten list, which does not include Avatar–it nabs a special mention for technical achievement. I have to say, going with The Hangover over Avatar is hard to fathom. And I found Dominican baseball film Sugar admirable but flat. Love it that they picked two animated films. Full release and jury on jump.
The Hurt Locker
A Serious Man
A Single Man
Up in the Air
Tenth Annual AFI Almanac Honors 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures and TV Programs of the Year
LOS ANGELES, December 13, 2009—American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2009, AFI’s almanac that 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 is the only recognition that honors the film and television creative ensembles as a whole—those both in front of and behind the camera—acknowledging the collaborative nature of film and television.
Unlike any other film or television award, the AFI AWARDS 2009 selections are made through AFI’s unique 13-person jury process in which scholars, film 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 deliberations at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. The jurors have remained confidential until today. (Complete list is below.)
AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the selections at a luncheon sponsored by Hewlett-Packard on Friday, January 15, 2010 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The luncheon is by invitation only.
Once again, HP has created scholarships for the AFI Conservatory in conjunction with their support of the AFI AWARDS. The AFI Conservatory is world-renowned for its advanced training of the next generation of storytellers.
“AFI AWARDS 2009 is the tenth chapter in a century-long program to honor the artists and their work,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO. “This program celebrates the creative community – not competition – and it is in this spirit that the institute brings America’s storytellers together to acknowledge their contributions to our nation’s rich cultural heritage.”
The honorees are listed below in alphabetical order:
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR—OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
THE HURT LOCKER
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE
A SERIOUS MAN
A SINGLE MAN
UP IN THE AIR
AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR—OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
THE BIG BANG THEORY
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY
Additional information and video of the honorees can be found at www.afi.com/afiawards.
AFI AWARDS 2009 JURORS
AFI JURY FOR MOTION PICTURES
Chair, AFI Awards Jury for Motion Pictures
Dustin Lance Black
University of Southern California
Entertainment Weekly/New York Magazine
University of California, Los Angeles
Chair Emeritus, AFI Board of Trustees
AFI JURY FOR TELEVISION
Chair, AFI Jury for Television
Arizona State University
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of California, Santa Barbara
TV Guide Magazine
University of Southern California
President, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Robert J. Thompson