The American FilmInstitute (AFI) has unveiled its moments of significance in 2005, which includemedia consolidation, artistic responses to 9/11, and the downward trend intheatrical admissions.
Pointing to consolidation, AFI officers noted the corporate acquisitions of MGMand DreamWorks, adding in a statement: "AFI hopes that this trend forconsolidation will respect the rich history that marks our cultural legacy andencourage the creative spirit that drives the art form."
AFI said the decline in theatrical admissions was caused by "vast and varied"reasons including rival on-demand recreation alternatives, video games, andillegal downloads.
Also of note was the 2005 was artistic response to 9/11 on both the big andsmall screens. Theatrical titles deemed by AFI to have been informed by theevents surrounding 9/11 include War Of The Worlds, Good Night, And Good Luck, and March of The Penguins, which emphasises the importance of a supportivecommunity.
AFI will honour the creative ensembles for each of its winners at a luncheon onJan 13 in Los Angeles.
The 2005 10 AFI Movies of the Year and 10 AFI Television Programs of the Yearcan be found at www.AFI.com.