Oscar 2011: AFI Film Awards

Los Angeles, December 11, 2011 – The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2011 – the awards season event favored by artists and entertainment executives for its intimacy and collaborative recognition – that records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film, television and other forms of the moving image arts.

AFI AWARDS is the only national recognition that honors the community’s creative ensembles as a whole, acknowledging the collaborative nature of the art form. Honorees are selected based on works which best advance the art of the moving image; enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form; inspire audiences and artists alike; and/or make a mark on American society.

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR

BRIDESMAIDS

THE DESCENDANTS

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

THE HELP

HUGO

J. EDGAR

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

MONEYBALL

THE TREE OF LIFE

WAR HORSE

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

BREAKING BAD

BOARDWALK EMPIRE

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM

GAME OF THRONES

THE GOOD WIFE

HOMELAND

JUSTIFIED

LOUIE

MODERN FAMILY

PARKS AND RECREATION

AFI SPECIAL AWARDS

THE ARTIST

THE HARRY POTTER SERIES

“AFI AWARDS represents the proudest of moments in the Institute’s calendar of events,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO. “The event brings together the year’s top artists in a celebration of community, not competition. We’re further honored that Verizon supports the event by creating scholarships in the name of each honoree for the next generation of storytellers at the AFI Conservatory.”

Marking the twelfth chapter in the American Film Institute’s 21st century almanac, AFI AWARDS 2011 selections are made through AFI’s unique jury process in which scholars, film and television artists,

critics and AFI Trustees determine the most outstanding achievements of the year, as well as provide a detailed rationale for each selection. This year’s juries – one for film and one for television – were chaired by producers and AFI Board of Trustees Vice Chairs Tom Pollock (former Vice Chairman of MCA, Chairman of Universal Pictures) for the movies and Richard Frank (former Chairman of Walt Disney Television, President of Walt Disney Studios, President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) for television, and included Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg; film historian Leonard Maltin; scholars from prestigious universities across the nation (AFI Conservatory, Georgia Institute of Technology, USC and Wesleyan); prominent and award-winning producers and directors; AFI Board of Trustees; and critics from leading media outlets such as The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly,

Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and USA Today.

In addition to the top ten AFI AWARDS for movies and television, AFI SPECIAL AWARDS are given to

outstanding achievements in the moving image that do not match AFI’s standard criteria as

summarized below:

• Feature-Length Motion Picture

Narrative fiction format, over 60 minutes in length.

• American

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.

• Theatrically-Released

Motion pictures originally released between January 1 and December 31, 2011, which have been

publicly exhibited in a commercial theater in Los Angeles for paid admission and screened for at least

seven consecutive days.

AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the selections at an invitation-only luncheon on

Friday, January 13, 2012 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

Verizon Digital Media Services is the presenting sponsor of the event. Sponsorship includes scholarship

support for the AFI Conservatory, which was named the # 1 film school in the world by The Hollywood

Reporter and is renowned for its advanced training of the next generation of storytellers in six

filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and

Screenwriting.

Audi of America is an official sponsor of the event. Additional sponsors include Stella Artois and

American Airlines, the official airline of the American Film Institute, providing travel support

throughout the year.

Additional information, awards criteria and the AFI video recap of the honorees can be found at

AFI.com/AFIAWARDS later this afternoon.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Press coverage of the AFI AWARDS luncheon is very limited and by invitation only. Photos and video

footage will be available through AFI and The Mesulam Group by 4:00 p.m. immediately following the

event on January 13, 2012.

About the American Film Institute

AFI is America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their

work and to educate the next generation of storytellers.

AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage

the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of

Feature Films and Archive, the AFI Life Achievement Award, now in it’s 40th year, AFI Awards,

honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year, AFI Fest presented

by Audi, celebrating its 25th edition this fall, AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs, AFI Silver Theatre

and the AFI Conservatory, which was named the # 1 film school in the world by The Hollywood

Reporter.

Additional information about AFI is available at AFI.com.

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