AFI AWARDS FOR MOTION PICTURES 2001

AFI MOVIE OF THE YEAR

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A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
(Universal/DreamWorks)

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.

 

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BLACK HAWK DOWN
Jerry Bruckheimer, Ridley Scott
(Columbia)

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.

 

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IN THE BEDROOM
Graham Leader, Ross Katz, Todd Field
(Miramax)

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.

 

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Tim Sanders
(New Line)

LORD OF THE RINGS 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.

 

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THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE
Ethan Coen
(USA Films)

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.

 

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MEMENTO
Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd
(Newmarket)

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.

 

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MONSTER’S BALL
Lee Daniels
(Lions Gate)

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.

 

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MOULIN ROUGE
Martin Brown, Baz Luhrmann, Fred Baron
(Twentieth Century Fox)

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.

 

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MULHOLLAND DRIVE
Mary Sweeney, Alain Sarde, Neal Edelstein, Michael Polaire, Tony Krantz
(Universal)

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.

 

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SHREK
Aron Warner, John H. Williams, Jeffrey Katzenberg
(DreamWorks)

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.
 

AFI ACTOR OF THE YEAR – FEMALE – MOVIES

Halle Berry
as Leticia Musgrove in MONSTER’S BALL
(Lions Gate)

Stockard Channing
as Julie Styron in THE BUSINESS OF STRANGERS
(IFC Films)

Sissy Spacek
as Ruth Fowler in IN THE BEDROOM
(Miramax)

Naomi Watts
as Betty Elms in MULHOLLAND DRIVE
(Universal)

 

AFI ACTOR OF THE YEAR – MALE – MOVIES

Russell Crowe
as John Nash in A BEAUTIFUL MIND
(Universal/DreamWorks)

Billy Bob Thornton
as Ed Crane in THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE
(USA Films)

Denzel Washington
as Alonzo Harris in TRAINING DAY
(Warner Bros.)

Tom Wilkinson
as Matt Fowler in IN THE BEDROOM
(Miramax)

 

AFI FEATURED ACTOR OF THE YEAR – FEMALE – MOVIES

Cate Blanchett
as Kate Wheeler in BANDITS
(MGM)

Jennifer Connelly
as Alicia Nash in A BEAUTIFUL MIND
(Universal/DreamWorks)

Cameron Diaz
as Julie Gianni in VANILLA SKY
(Paramount)

Frances O’Connor
as Monica Swinton in A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
(Warner Bros./DreamWorks)

 

AFI FEATURED ACTOR OF THE YEAR – MALE – MOVIES

Steve Buscemi
as Seymour in GHOST WORLD
(United Artists)

Brian Cox
as Big John Harrigan in L.I.E.
(Lot 47)

Gene Hackman
as Royal Tenenbaum in THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
(Touchstone)

Tony Shalhoub
as Freddy Riedenschneider in THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE
(USA Films)

 

AFI DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Robert Altman
GOSFORD PARK
(USA Films)

Todd Field
IN THE BEDROOM
(Miramax)

David Lynch
MULHOLLAND DRIVE
(Universal)

Ridley Scott
BLACK HAWK DOWN
(Columbia)

 

AFI SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR

Rob Festinger, Todd Field
IN THE BEDROOM
(Miramax)

Christopher Nolan
MEMENTO
(Newmarket)

Akiva Goldsman
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
(Universal/DreamWorks)

Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff
GHOST WORLD
(United Artists)

 

AFI CINEMATOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Ericson Core
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS
(Universal)

Roger Deakins
THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE
(USA Films)

Slawomir Idziak
BLACK HAWK DOWN
(Columbia)

Janusz Kaminski
A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
(Warner Bros./DreamWorks)

 

AFI EDITOR OF THE YEAR

Jill Bilcock
MOULIN ROUGE
(Twentieth Century Fox)

Dody Dorn
MEMENTO
(Newmarket)

Pietro Scalia
BLACK HAWK DOWN
(Columbia)

Tim Squyres
GOSFORD PARK
(USA Films)

 

AFI PRODUCTION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Stephen Altman
GOSFORD PARK
(USA Films)

Rick Carter
A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
(Warner Bros.)

Grant Major
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
(New Line)

Arthur Max
BLACK HAWK DOWN
(Columbia)

 

AFI DIGITAL EFFECTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Robert Legato, Nick Davis, Roger Guyett
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE
(Warner Bros.)

Jim Rygiel
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
(New Line)

Scott Farrar, Dennis Muren
A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
(Warner Bros.)

Bob Sabiston
WAKING LIFE
(Fox Searchlight)

 

AFI COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

Craig Armstrong
MOULIN ROUGE
(Twentieth Century Fox)

Angelo Badalamenti
MULHOLLAND DRIVE
(Universal)

Patrick Doyle
GOSFORD PARK
(USA Films)

Howard Shore
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
(New Line)