Story by: Jack Foley
THE Lord of the Rings: The
Return of the King has been named as one of the films
of the year by the American Film Institute (AFI), despite not
being released until December 17.
The final installment in Tolkiens trilogy made the top
ten, along with popular family hit, Finding
Nemo, and the likes of Mystic
River and Master and Commander.
The AFI publishes its list of the favourite films of each year
on an annual basis, although it does not rank them in any order.
A similar list exists for TV, in which Alias and Everybody Love
Raymond also figure highly.
The winners were chosen by a 13-person jury, comprised of critics,
film-makers and scholars.
Commenting on the choices, Jean Picker Firstenberg, AFI director
and chief executive officer, said: "I think what AFI is trying
to create is an almanac for the 21st Century, so we can look back
and see what we consider excellence in narrative storytelling
"We don't rank them because what we want to celebrate is
the creative collaboration in front and behind the camera that
made these stories possible.".
Other films that made it on to the movie top 10 list included
Tom Cruises epic, The
Last Samurai, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman's The
Human Stain, and Bill Murrays sublime Lost
in Translation, directed by Sofia Coppola.
The list is also perceived as another strong indication of the
films which are likely to feature prominently at the Oscars, given
that many of 2002s selections, such as Chicago
and The Hours, enjoyed plenty of
Academy Award success.
The complete list is as follows
The Human Stain
The Last Samurai
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lost in Translation
Master and Commander: Far Side of the World
The AFI will hold a special lunch, in Los Angeles, on January
22, to honour the creative teams behind each film.