American Film Institute's annual AFI Awards has named THE INCREDIBLES and SPIDER-MAN 2 amongst its top 10 films of the year and SOUTH PARK one of its top 10 TV shows. Other films in the top 10 included: THE AVIATOR, COLLATERAL, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, KINSEY, MARIA FULL OF GRACE, MILLION DOLLAR BABY and SIDEWAYS, which will be honored during a ceremony in Beverly Hills on Jan. 14, 2005.
In addition to SOUTH PARK, the AFI jury for television named the top 10 TV shows of 2004, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, DEADWOOD, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, LOST, NIP/TUCK, THE SHIELD, SOMETHING THE LORD MADE and THE SOPRANOS.
The 13-person jury for film included actor James Cromwell, CHICAGO TRIBUNE critic Roger Ebert, magazine critics and a few academics and producers. The TV jury included writer/producer Barbara Corday and TV GUIDES Matt Roush in addition to academics and other producers.
AFI AWARDS 2004 is the only form of national recognition that honors the film and television creative ensemble as a whole -- those people in front of and behind the camera -- acknowledging the collaborative nature of film and television. AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the honorees at a luncheon sponsored by Ellen Tracy January 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles where the jury rationales for each selection will be revealed.
AFI is a national institute in Los Angeles (www. AFI.com) providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media. AFI trains the next generation of filmmakers at its world-renowned Conservatory, maintains America's film heritage through the AFI CATALOG OF FEATURE FILMS and explores new digital technologies in entertainment and education through AFI's New Media Ventures.