LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Film Institute (AFI)
today introduced a new chapter in its Emmy Award-winning AFI's 100 Years...
series. AFI's 10 Top 10 will count down the top 10 films from 10 classic
American film genres including animation, fantasy, science fiction,
gangster, western, sports, romantic comedy, courtroom drama, mystery and
AFI's 10 Top 10 turns a page in the institutes' ongoing celebration of
the American cinema centennial with a more diverse version of AFI's highly
anticipated annual countdown special. Celebrating film genres that have
never been honored before, AFI will create 10 new lists within the format
previously designed for a top 100.
"Ten years ago, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies launched an unprecedented
celebration of American film to mark cinema's centennial. As we continue
this program into a new decade, we look forward to catalyzing a national
conversation 10 times greater -- for the ultimate goal of this program is
to drive audiences to discover and rediscover the classics of American
film," said AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale.
AFI's 100 Years... series has included AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies
(1998), 100 Stars (1999), 100 Laughs (2000), 100 Thrills (2001), 100
Passions (2002), 100 Heroes & Villains (2003), 100 Songs (2004), 100 Movie
Quotes (2005), 100 Cheers (2006) and AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies-10th
Anniversary Edition (2007).
The primetime special will be executive produced and directed by Gary
Smith; executive produced for AFI by former AFI Board Chair Emeritus
Frederick S. Pierce; and produced by Dann Netter. SFM Entertainment LLC is
the distributor of the program. Past sponsors of the series have included
General Motors, Pepsi, Best Buy, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson,
Apple, Anheuser-Busch, Colgate-Palmolive, Sony and all major motion picture
About the Jury Process
Today, AFI distributed a ballot with 500 nominated movies (50 per
genre) to a jury of over 1,500 leaders from the creative community,
including film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors,
cinematographers), critics and historians.
This year, the jury will be asked to choose up to 10 movies per genre
from a comprehensive list, including entries such as: Animated: PINOCCHIO
(1941) and SHREK (2001); Fantasy: KING KONG (1933) and THE LORD OF THE
RINGS (2001); Sci-Fi: THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) and THE MATRIX (1999);
Gangster: SCARFACE (1932) and THE DEPARTED (2006); Westerns: THE SEARCHERS
(1956) and UNFORGIVEN (1992); Sports: THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES (1942) and
SEABISCUIT (2003); Romantic Comedy: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) and MY
BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING (1997); Courtroom Drama: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
(1957) and A FEW GOOD MEN (1992); Mystery: SHERLOCK HOLMES (1939) and THE
USUAL SUSPECTS (1995); and Epics: BEN-HUR (1959) and BRAVEHEART (1995).
AFI asks jurors to consider the following criteria in their selection
FEATURE-LENGTH FICTION FILMS
Narrative format, typically over 60 minutes in length.
English-language film with significant creative and/or production
elements from the United States. Additionally, only films released before
January 1, 2008 will be considered.
AFI defines "animated" as a genre in which the film's images are
primarily created by computer or hand and the characters are voiced by
AFI defines "fantasy" as a genre where live-action characters inhabit
imagined settings and/or experience situations that transcend the rules of
the natural world.
AFI defines the "gangster film" as a genre that centers on organized
crime or maverick criminals in a twentieth century setting.
AFI defines "science fiction" as a genre that marries a scientific or
technological premise with imaginative speculation.
AFI defines "western" as a genre of films set in the American West that
embodies the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier.
AFI defines "sports" as a genre of films with protagonists who play
athletics or other games of competition.
AFI defines "mystery" as a genre that revolves around the solution of a
AFI defines "romantic comedy" as a genre in which the development of a
romance leads to comic situations.
AFI defines "courtroom drama" as a genre of film in which a system of
justice plays a critical role in the film's narrative.
AFI defines "epic" as a genre of large-scale films set in a cinematic
interpretation of the past. Their scope defies and demands-either in the
mode in which they are presented or their range across time.
Formal commendation in print, television and digital media.
MAJOR AWARD WINNER
Recognition from competitive events including awards from peer groups,
critics, guilds and major film festivals.
POPULARITY OVER TIME
Including success at the box office, television and cable airing, and
DVD/VHS sales and rentals.
A film's mark on the history of the moving images through visionary
narrative devices, technical innovation, or other ground breaking
A film's mark on American society in matters of style and substance.
AFI allows one write-in vote per genre.
Interesting Facts About the Ballot
-- Animation -- 13 of the 50 films on the ballot were produced by Walt
-- Fantasy -- 11 movies feature ghosts.
-- Gangster -- Robert De Niro is the most featured actor with seven
movies; James Cagney and Al Pacino are featured with five movies each.
-- Sci-Fi -- 22 of the 50 movies contain an alien presence.
-- Western -- 11 of the 50 movies feature John Wayne; 10 of the 50 movies
were directed by John Ford. Seven of these 21 movies feature both John
Ford and John Wayne.
-- Sports -- 12 movies are based on baseball; nine movies are based on
boxing; eight movies are based on football.
-- Mystery -- Nine movies were directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
-- Romantic Comedy -- Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn are featured
together three times. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn are featured
-- Courtroom Drama -- 20 of the 50 films involve a falsely accused
-- Epic -- 16 movies are war films; 11 movies are based on biblical
-- The ballot includes entries that span from BIRTH OF A NATION (Epic)
from 1915, to CARS (Animation), CHILDREN OF MEN (Sci-fi), THE DEPARTED
(Gangster), HAPPY FEET (Animation) and LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (Epic),
all from 2006.
-- The films that are represented in more than one category are: ADAM'S
RIB (Romantic Comedy/Courtroom Drama), THE BIG HEAT (Gangster/Mystery),
BULL DURHAM (Sports/Romantic Comedy), DANCES WITH WOLVES
(Western/Epic), FIELD OF DREAMS (Sports/Romantic Comedy), THE GODFATHER
PART II (Gangster/Epic), HOW THE WEST WAS WON (Western/Epic), JERRY
MAGUIRE (Sports/Romantic Comedy).
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. Additional information about AFI is available
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