Tuesday, December 30, 2003

AFI Awards 2003 Announced

The American Film Institute has announced its 2003 awards for Movies of the Year and TV Programs of the Year. The AFI Awards honor 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.” Selections are made by a 13-person jury made up of scholars, artists, critics, and AFI trustees. Rationales for AFI’s choices are provided on the website.

In addition, each year AFI notes “Moments of Significance” in the entertainment field. This year’s key moments include the growing pressure of privacy issues on moviemaking, the explosion of “Queer Eye” into American mainstream culture, and the introduction of “embedded” reporters in the Iraq war. AFI notes that the introduction of embedded reporters presents “a double-edged sword … provides the American public a real-time view of the war, but also threatens the purity of a news voice by requiring reporters to shape their view of the war as the government mandates they experience it.”

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