Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain” and Philip Seymour Hoffman starrer “Capote” both made the American Film Institute’s list of the year’s top 10 films.
And in a season chockfull of serious-minded, complex and politically controversial films, the AFI Awards 2005 jurors saved a spot on the list for laffer “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”
Peter Jackson’s remake of “King Kong” and Steven Spielberg’s “Munich” also made the list, as did Paul Haggis’ “Crash,” George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck,” David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence,” Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale” and Stephen Gaghan’s “Syriana.”
The purpose of the AFI kudos, now in their sixth year, is to honor film and TV programs for their collaborative achievement both behind and in front of the camera.
On the television side, a separate jury awarded ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost” spots on the top 10 list for the second year running. The Alphabet’s “Grey’s Anatomy” also was on the list.
Fox and HBO came in just behind ABC, each grabbing two spots. Fox won with “24” and “House,” HBO for series “Deadwood” and movie “Sometimes in April.”
Rounding out the list were Sci Fi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica,” FX’s “Rescue Me,” Showtime’s “Sleeper Cell” and UPN’s “Veronica Mars.”
On the film side, Universal Pictures picked up three slots four if counting Focus Features for “Brokeback”). The three U pics were “Virgin,” “Kong” and “Munich.”
Warner Bros. Pictures earned a spot for “Syriana,” while specialty division Warner Independent Pictures made the list with “Good Night.”
New Line got a spot for “History of Violence.” Lions Gate Films released “Crash” in the U.S., while Sony Pictures Classics distributed “Capote,” and Samuel Goldwyn Films, “Squid.”
AFI’s film and TV juries, made up of critics, artists, scholars and AFI trustees, each met for two days of deliberations before making their picks. Detailed rationales for each choice will be revealed during the awards luncheon on Jan. 13 at the Four Seasons Hotels in Los Angeles.
Identities of the AFI jurors were confidential until Sunday.
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR–OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
The 40 Year-Old Virgin
Good Night, And Good Luck.
A History of Violence
The Squid and the Whale
AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR–OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Sometimes in April
AFI AWARDS 2005 JURORS
AFI JURY FOR MOTION PICTURES
Robert G. Rehme, Producer, AFI Board of Trustees, Chair, AFI Awards Jury for Motion Picture
Martha Coolidge, Director
David Denby, The New Yorker
Anna Everett, University of California, Santa Barbara
Norman Jewison, Director/Producer
Tom Pollock, Producer, AFI Board of Trustees
Jay Roach, Director/Producer
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
Vivian Sobchack, University of California, Los Angeles, AFI Board of Trustees
David Thomson, Author/Historian
Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times
Stephen Ujlaki, San Francisco State University
Laura Ziskin, Producer
AFI JURY FOR TELEVISION
Marshall Herskovitz, Director/Producer, AFI Board of Trustees, Chair, AFI Awards Jury for Television
Dick Askin, Tribune Entertainment Company, President, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, AFI Board of Trustees
Lionel Chetwynd, Producer/Writer
Mary Corey, University of California, Los Angeles
Tony Jonas, Producer
Jeffrey Kramer, Producer
Melanie McFarland, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Tara McPherson, University of Southern California
Dorothea Petrie, Producer
Frank Pierson, Writer/Director/AFI Faculty
James Poniewozik, Time Magazine
Del Reisman, Writer/AFI Faculty
Matt Roush, TV Guide, AFI Jury for Motion Pictures