The American Film Institute announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2006, AFI's almanac which 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 form of national recognition that honors the film and television creative ensemble 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 currently given, the AFI AWARDS 2006 selections were 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 deliberation. The jurors have remained confidential until Sunday, December 10th.
AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the honorees at a luncheon sponsored by Hewlett-Packard on Friday, January 12, 2007 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
Additionally, HP has created 20 scholarships to the AFI Conservatory, one for each of the AFI honorees. The AFI Conservatory is world-renowned for its advanced training of the next generation of storytellers.
"AFI AWARDS brings the community together -- not as winners or losers -- but as artists who have enriched our cultural legacy. This year, it is particularly meaningful that our honorees will be supporting the future of this great art form through the HP scholarships," commented AFI's President and CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg in a release.
The honorees are listed below in alphabetical order:
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR - OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR-OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
THE WEST WING
AFI AWARDS 2006 JURORS
AFI JURY FOR MOTION PICTURES
Robert G. Rehme (Producer - AFI Board of Trustees - Chair, AFI Jury for Motion Pictures)
Michael Apted (Director/Producer/Writer - President, Directors Guild of America - AFI Board of Trustees)
Roger Birnbaum (Co-Chairman and CEO, Spyglass Entertainment - AFI Board of Trustees)
Leo Braudy (University of Southern California)
James L. Brooks (Director/Producer/Writer)
Mary Corey (University of California, Los Angeles)
Jane Gaines (Duke University)
Elvis Mitchell (National Public Radio)
Diana Ossana (Writer/Producer)
David V. Picker (Producer - AFI Trustee Emeritus)
Tom Pollock (Producer - Chair Emeritus, AFI Board of Trustees)
Anne Thompson (The Hollywood Reporter)
Kenneth Turan (The Los Angeles Times)
AFI JURY FOR TELEVISON
Richard Frank (Chair, AFI Jury for Television - Vice Chair, AFI Board of Trustees)
Dick Askin (President and CEO, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences - AFI Board of Trustees)
Steven Bochco (Producer/Writer)
Kevin S. Bright (Producer/Director)
Paul Brownfield (The Los Angeles Times)
Michael Dinner (Director/Producer/Writer)
Barry Garron (The Hollywood Reporter)
Amanda D. Lotz (University of Michigan)
Brian Lowry (Variety)
Tara McPherson (University of Southern California)
Matt Roush (TV Guide)
Vivian Sobchack(University of California, Los Angeles - AFI Board of Trustees)
Kristal Brent Zook (Columbia University)
Each year, AFI AWARDS honors excellence in American film and television by recognizing the creative ensembles which collaborate to create the year's outstanding movies and television programs, all of which best advanced the art of the moving image; enhanced the rich cultural heritage of America's art form; inspired audiences and artists alike; and/or made a mark on American society.
AFI will consider eligible any film that fulfills the following criteria:
FEATURE-LENGTH MOTION PICTURE
Narrative fiction format, over 60 minutes in length.
Motion picture with significant creative and/or production elements from the United States. The motion picture need not be presented in the English language if it is incontrovertibly American.
Motion pictures originally released between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2006, which have premiered in a commercial theater and screened for at least five consecutive days in Los Angeles or New York City.