Articles: Antwone Fisher among AFI 2002’s best




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Tara Casanova

The American Film Institute on Dec.16, listed Denzel Washington’s "Antwone Fisher" as one of the top 10 best movies of 2002. The critically acclaimed true-life drama about an angry sailor, on the verge of being discharged by the Navy for repeated fighting is the award-winning actor’s debut as a director. The film opens nationwide Dec. 20.

The AFI list also included a number of the films that not yet in wide release, "The Lord of The Rings: The Twin Towers," "Gangs of New York," "About Schmidt," "The Hours," "Adaptation," "The Quiet American" and "Frida." AFI officials decided to omit an award ceremony this year because of last year’s low ratings and poor celebrity turn out.

"The Simpsons," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "The Sopranos" were listed as some of the AFI’s top 10 television shows for 2002.

Critics are hailing "Antwone Fisher" as triumph for Washington. And there’s speculation that the actor/director may receive an Oscar nomination for "Best Director."

Two 13-member committees one each for movies and television which included AFI trustees, industry professionals, film and TV scholars and critics make the yearly top 10 best. Visit: for a complete list of winners.


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