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DAILY NEWS: AFI Winners; Top Queer Films Named; Online Winners and Special Sundance Pix

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire January 7, 2002 at 2:0AM

DAILY NEWS: AFI Winners; Top Queer Films Named; Online Winners and Special Sundance Pixwith articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE>> AFI Unveils First Award Winners
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DAILY NEWS: AFI Winners; Top Queer Films Named; Online Winners and Special Sundance Pix



with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE



>> AFI Unveils First Award Winners


(indieWIRE/01.07.02) -- While New Line's "The Lord of the Rings" nabbed the top award at the first AFI Awards on Saturday night, a few smaller scale
productions were also recognized. Sissy Spacek was named the top Female
Actor of the year for her performance in "In the Bedroom," while Gene
Hackman
won the Male Featured Actor of the Year prize for "The Royal
Tenenbaums
."


The award for Director of the Year went to Robert Altman for "Gosford Park," Christopher Nolan won the Screenwriter of the Year prize for "Memento," and Roger Deakins won Cinematographer of the Year for his work on "The Man Who Wasn't There." Jill Bilock was selected as Editor of the Year for "Moulin Rouge." [Eugene Hernandez]


A complete list of winners is available online.


>> "Hedwig," "Mulholland," and "The Deep End" Score on PlanetOut


(indieWIRE/01.07.02) -- Top gay site PlanetOut.com announced its top ten
movie picks for 2001 with John Cameron Mitchell's drag rock "Hedwig and the
Angry Inch
" prancing into the number one position. Other films that received
heavy votes on PlanetOut.com's movie site PopcornQ were David Lynch's
"Mulholland Drive," "The Deep End" by Scott McGehee and David Siegel as well as Michael Cuesta's controversial "L.I.E."


Additional favorites include the French coming of ager, "Come Undone" by
Sebastien Lifshitz, and Julie Davis' "All Over the Guy" also scored in the poll. "The response to this year's poll was tremendous and it's great to
see that our readers are such cinephiles," commented PlanetOut.com Senior
Entertainment Producer Jenni Olson in a prepared statement. "Hedwig is a
terrific gay crossover film that really captures the hearts and minds of
gay and straight audiences alike." [Brian Brooks]


A complete list of winners is available online.


>> Online Critics Pick Winners


(indieWIRE/01.07.02) -- Online critics have selected "Mulholland Drive" and
"Memento" as their top film of 2001. The two movies tied in balloting by the
Online Film Critics Society.


David Lynch was awarded the Best Director award for "Mulholland," and he
tied with Alejandro Amenabar ("The Others") for the Best Original Screenplay prize. Christopher won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.


The prize for Best Foreign Language film went to "Amelie," while the Best
Documentary award went to "Startup.com." [Eugene Hernandez]


A complete list of winners is available online at:


>> Sundance Unveils Special Events, Screenings


(indieWIRE/01.07.02) -- The Sundance Institute has revealed its special event
screenings for its upcoming Sundance Film Festival which begins on Thursday.
David Anspaugh's "Wise Girls," will screen on Sunday January 13th at 3pm at the Eccles Theatre. The following day, "Only the Strong Survive" by veteran doc filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus will screen at the Prospector Theatre at 8:30pm. Peter Sehr's "Love the Hard Way" will be shown on Friday, January 11th at the Tower Theatre at 6:30pm and Alfonso Cuaron's Mexican film, "Y Tu Mama Tambien" will screen Saturday, January 12th at 7pm at the Ogden in addition to other showings later in the week.


The Festival will also host a special event regarding September 11 with
Etienne Sauret's "The First 24 Hours" and Deborah Shaffer's "From the Ashes -- 10 Artists" and "Site" by Jason Kliot among the films taking part in the program. The festival concludes on January 20th. [Brian Brooks]