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Ballots are coming in from all over and closing in on every award. But we’ll have to wait until June for final revelation of the “most inspiring” movies — of all time.

It’s the ninth in a series of The AFI’s 100 Years of Movies, this one choosing “100 Cheers.” The 1500 balloteers, yours truly among them, having voted movies “that inspire” and which “fill audiences with hope and empower them with the spirit of human potential.” Only feature-length American films released before January 1, 2005 were eligible. But would any of this past year’s movies qualify as “inspiring?” Would any of this past year’s movies fit the bill and qualify as “filling audiences with hope and empower them with the spirit of human potential?” Would any match a “Marty,” “Rocky,”  “Ali,”  “The Champ” or “Somebody Up There Likes Me?” Or “It’s A Wonderful Life,”  “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” “The Sound of Music,” “Erin Brockovich,” “The Lost Weekend,” “My Fair Lady” or “Spartacus?”

I asked the AFI’s Jean Firstenberg if she would name some of 2005’s films which could fit the description of an “inspiring” movie. She named “Cinderella Man,” “Walk the Line,” “North Country,” “Hustle and Flow,” “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “March of the Penguins.” Would you consider any others? We’ll have to wait until the AFI’s three-hour CBS show airs this summer to get the results. Gary Smith exec produces and directs,Bob Gazzale and Dann Netter also produce.

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