AFI juries give them a 10

Top film, TV series of '07 tapped

Lending its imprimatur to the tradition of the year-end 10-best list, the American Film Institute on Sunday announced its eighth annual list of the 10 most outstanding motion pictures and TV programs of 2007.

The films earning the AFI's seal of approval are "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," "Into the Wild," "Juno," "Knocked Up," "Michael Clayton," "No Country for Old Men," "Ratatouille," "The Savages" and "There Will Be Blood."

The awards are reserved for narrative features with significant creative and/or production elements from the U.S., though the films need not be presented in English, as was the case with the French-language "Diving Bell."

The designated TV programs are "Dexter," "Everybody Hates Chris," "Friday Night Lights," "Longford," "Mad Men," "Pushing Daisies," "The Sopranos," "Tell Me You Love Me," "30 Rock" and "Ugly Betty." "Dexter" and "Friday Night Lights" also earned a spot on the AFI's 2006 list.

The awards, to be presented Jan. 11 at a luncheon at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles, recognize the entire creative ensemble behind each film or TV show.

For the second consecutive year, Hewlett-Packard, which sponsors the awards, has created 20 scholarships, one for each honoree, to the AFI Conservatory.

The 13-person jury that decided the film honorees consisted of Frank Pierson, David Ansen, Donn Cambern, Mary Corey, Lawrence Kasdan, Leonard Maltin, Tara McPherson, Diana Ossana, David Picker, Tom Pollock, Richard Schickel, Gary Winick and Kristal Brent Zook.

The TV jury was comprised of Rich Frank, Dick Askin, Neal Baer, Anna Everett, Nancy Franklin, Barry Garron, Melissa Gilbert, Horace Newcomb, Del Reisman, Matt Roush, Maureen Ryan, Robert Thompson and Ron Underwood.
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