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AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE HONOURS AUSSIES: NOMINATIONS 2001

With their nominations in key categories, Aussies Jill Bilcock, Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Judy Davis, Frances O’Connor and Naomi Watts have turned the inaugural American Film Institute’s awards into an off-shore sort of Australian awards and for good measure, Rachel Griffiths has been chosen as one of the first presenters, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Haley Joel Osment, Michelle Pfeiffer and others.

The awards in 19 film and television categories will be presented on January 5, 2002 from the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California in a live, three-hour special on the CBS Television Network.

Two 13-member committees – one representing motion pictures and one representing television – made the nominations. The committees, which convened over the past two weekends in Los Angeles, were comprised of experts from across the film and television communities and each included three AFI Trustees, three scholars, three critics, three artists and a chair. The members of each committee were also announced today by AFI (a full list is attached). A 100-person AFI Jury representing experts from across the moving image community will now select the awards through ballots mailed today by AFI. Members of the AFI Jury will be announced by AFI two days prior to the telecast.

AFI AWARDS FOR MOTION PICTURES
The Nominees:
AFI MOVIE OF THE YEAR
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
(Universal/DreamWorks)

BLACK HAWK DOWN
Jerry Bruckheimer, Ridley Scott
(Columbia)

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

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

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

MEMENTO
Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd
(Newmarket)

MONSTER’S BALL
Lee Daniels
(Lions Gate)

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

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

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

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 Focus)

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 Focus)

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 Focus)

Patrick Doyle
GOSFORD PARK
(USA Films)

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

AFI AWARDS FOR TELEVISION

AFI ACTOR OF THE YEAR – FEMALE – MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Tammy Blanchard
as young Judy Garland in LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND: ME AND MY SHADOWS (ABC)

Judy Davis
as Judy Garland in LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND: ME AND MY SHADOWS (ABC)

Hannah Taylor Gordon
as Anne Frank in ANNE FRANK (ABC)

Phylicia Rashad
as Elizabeth Borney in THE OLD SETTLER (PBS)

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American Film Institute Awards


Russell Crowe - A Beautiful Mind


Naomi Watts - Mulholland Drive


Cate Blanchett - Bandits


Frances O'Connor - AI


Craig Armstrong and Jill Bilcock - Moulin Rouge







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