Posted by Larry Gleeson
The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced that it will postpone the AFI AWARDS luncheon scheduled to take place on Friday, January 7th. In response to the growing concern about the current state of health, the organization will reschedule the long-awaited event to a later date.
“The goal of AFI AWARDS is to bring together the creative community at a private event based on hugs and handshakes,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI’s President and CEO. “Because that goal is not achievable at this time, we will postpone the event until we can properly celebrate the artists in a way worthy of the gifts they have given the world.”
AFI AWARD’s selection is made through AFI’s unique jury process – where researchers, artists, critics and AFI Trustees determine the year’s most outstanding achievements.
AFI AWARDS recipients include 10 excellent films and 10 excellent television programs that are considered culturally and artistically representative of this year’s most significant achievements in the field of motion picture art. Additional honorary recipients were selected in a category for “Special Awards,” nominated for works of excellent quality that fall outside the Department’s criteria for American film and television.
AFI FILM OF THE YEAR
DO NOT BEAT
THE POWER OF THE DOG
tick, tick … BOOM!
WEST SIDE STORY
THIS YEAR’s AFI TV PROGRAMS
MARE OF EASTTOWN
THE WHITE LOTUS
AFI SPECIAL PRICE
SUMMER OF THE SOUL (… OR WHEN THE REVOLUTION CANNOT BE OVER-ACIDED)
AFI AWARDS celebrates the collaborative nature of film and television art and is the only national program to honor creative teams as a whole and recognize them in front and behind the camera. All of the honored works promote art in the moving image, inspire both audiences and artists, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form, and make a mark on American society. When placed in a historical context, these stories provide a complex and rich visual record of our modern world.
AFI AWARDS selection is made through a jury process, where AFI Trustees, artists, critics and academics determine the year’s most outstanding achievements and provide artistic and cultural context for the selection of each fee.
This year’s jury featured acclaimed artists including Lee Isaac Chung, Liz Hannah, Anjelica Huston and Ed Zwick; well-known film historians Annette Insdorf, LS Kim, Akira Mizuta Lippit, Leonard Maltin, Ellen Seiter and Robert Thompson; AFI’s Board of Directors; film critics Shawn Edwards of the African American Film Critics Association and Claudia Puig of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association; and film and television critics from stores such as the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Rolling Stone, TV Guide and The Washington Post. The jury was chaired by AFI Board of Trustees member Jeanine Basinger (Chairman Emerita and founder of the Film Studies Department, Wesleyan University) and AFI Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Richard Frank (former Chairman of Walt Disney Television, President of Walt Disney Studios, President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences).
The 2021 recipients join a distinguished group of former AFI AWARDS recipients whose works define the art form and contribute to our rich cultural heritage. See all previous AFI AWARDS receivers here.
About the American Film Institute (AFI)
The American Film Institute (AFI) is a non-profit organization with a mandate to champion the living image as an art form. Established in 1967, AFI launched the first comprehensive history of American film and launched the film preservation movement in the United States. In 1969, the AFI opened its doors AFI Conservatory, a graduate-level program to train narrative filmmakers. AFI’s enduring traditions include AFI Life Achievement Award, which honors the masters of work that has passed the test of time; AFI PRICES, which pays tribute to the creative ensembles of the year’s most outstanding screen stories; and scientific efforts such as AFI Catalog of feature films and AFI Archive which preserves the film history for future generations. AFI exhibition programs include AFI FEST, AFI DOCS, and a year-round exhibition on AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Maryland. Other groundbreaking programs include workshops aimed at increasing the diversity of the storytelling community, including AFI Instruction workshop for Women and AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women. AFI’s latest program is AFI Film Club, a daily global engagement for those who love the movies. Read about all of these programs and more at AFI.com and follow us on social media at Facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute, YouTube.com/AFI, Twitter.com/AmericanFilm and Instagram.com/AmericanFilmInstitute.