AFI AWARDS 2001

Los Angeles (January 5, 2002) — The American Film Institute (AFI) launched a new chapter in the esteemed organization's national mandate when it presented its first annual AFI Awards at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The three-hour program was broadcast live on the CBS Television Network and honored the collaborative teams and individuals who created the year's most outstanding achievements in film and television.

The recipients of these first AFI Awards are:

AFI AWARDS FOR MOVIES

AFI Movie of the Year
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
Producers: Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Tim Sanders, New Line

AFI Actor of the Year – Male – Movies
Denzel Washington...as Alonzo Harris in TRAINING DAY

AFI Actor of the Year – Female – Movies
Sissy Spacek...as Ruth Fowler in IN THE BEDROOM

AFI Featured Actor of the Year – Male – Movies
Gene Hackman...as Royal Tenenbaum in THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS

AFI Featured Actor of the Year – Female – Movies
Jennifer Connelly...as Alicia Nash in A BEAUTIFUL MIND

AFI Director of the Year
Robert Altman – GOSFORD PARK

AFI Screenwriter of the Year
Christopher Nolan – MEMENTO

AFI Cinematographer of the Year
Roger Deakins – THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE

AFI Editor of the Year
Jill Bilcock – MOULIN ROUGE!

AFI Production Designer of the Year
Grant Major – THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

AFI Digital Effects Artist of the Year
Jim Rygiel – THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

AFI Composer of the Year
Craig Armstrong – MOULIN ROUGE!


AFI AWARDS FOR TELEVISION

AFI Drama Series of the Year
THE SOPRANOS (HBO)

AFI Comedy Series of the Year
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)

AFI Movie or Mini-Series of the Year
BAND OF BROTHERS (HBO)

AFI Actor of the Year – Male – TV Series
James Gandolfini...as Tony Soprano in THE SOPRANOS (HBO)

AFI Actor of the Year – Female – TV Series
Edie Falco...as Carmela Soprano in THE SOPRANOS (HBO)

AFI Actor of the Year – Male – TV Movie or Mini-Series
Jeffrey Wright...as Martin Luther King, Jr. in BOYCOTT (HBO)

AFI Actor of the Year – Female – TV Movie or Mini-Series
Judy Davis...as Judy Garland in LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND: ME AND MY SHADOWS (ABC)


AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR

A BEAUTIFUL MIND is one of the few films ever to suggest that the life of the mind can be as exciting and intriguing as any thriller. Based on the story of Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash, the film's subtle, but masterful cinematic technique puts audiences inside the mind of a troubled genius when he begins to question reality. Read the AFI Catalog entry

BLACK HAWK DOWN is an unrelenting combat experience. Leaving behind the traditional rules of the genre, the film immerses its audience in the cold reality of war. It arrives in theaters at a moment in American history which could not be more timely. Read the AFI Catalog entry

IN THE BEDROOM is a rich, subtle examination of the American family. It's a movie in which the characters talk to one another, but never really say what's on their minds or in their hearts. The filmmakers trust the audience to watch, listen and understand the truth revealed by the film's outstanding performances. Read the AFI Catalog entry

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING taps the magical forces of American film to bring life to J.R.R. Tolkien's rich literary legacy. Never losing sight of the "human" elements of this first book in his trilogy, the scope of the film sets the standard by which future motion picture epics should be judged. Read the AFI Catalog entry

THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE uses stunning black-and-white cinematography to evoke the memory of classic American film noir, but presents its story with a modern sensibility. By mixing dark humor with stark violence, the movie lays out a series of events where a man nobody notices changes the lives of everyone around him. Read the AFI Catalog entry

MEMENTO turns the traditional rules of movie narrative upside down, backwards, forwards and sideways. The film is like a complex jigsaw puzzle, but after all the pieces are assembled, it turns out not to be the picture on the box. Read the AFI Catalog entry

MONSTER'S BALL is a love story that resists the usual tradition of movie romances. When a white prison correction officer and a black single mother are drawn together by a series of tragic events, the result is an unsentimental, complex mixture of sex, race and family that provides no easy answers. Read the AFI Catalog entry

MOULIN ROUGE! is a kaleidoscope of melodrama, soap opera and opera, which updates the traditional American musical genre. The film tells the story of a passionate but doomed love affair in dynamic images that explode with color, energy and humor. Read the AFI Catalog entry

MULHOLLAND DRIVE is a classic example of the poetry of personal cinema. The film takes the audience to an erotic world — a dreamlike Los Angeles landscape where things are not always what they seem, but where the images never lose their beauty and power. Read the AFI Catalog entry

SHREK is an animated film that takes an eraser to traditional fairy tale characters and situations. Moving at a fast pace with wit and intelligence, SHREK delivers solid family entertainment that is sheer pleasure for young and old. Read the AFI Catalog entry



AFI TELEVISION PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

ANNE FRANK
Hans Proppe
(ABC)


BAND OF BROTHERS
Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks
(HBO)


BOYCOTT
Norman Twain, Shelby Stone
(HBO)


BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
Joss Whedon, Marti Noxon
(UPN)


CONSPIRACY
Frank Pierson, Peter Zinner, David M. Thompson, Frank Doelger
(HBO)


CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
Larry David
(HBO)


EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
Philip Rosenthal
(CBS)


MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE
Linwood Boomer
(FOX)


SEX AND THE CITY
Darren Star, Michael Patrick King
(HBO)


SIX FEET UNDER
Alan Ball
(HBO)


THE SOPRANOS
David Chase
(HBO)


THE WEST WING
Aaron Sorkin
(NBC)