True Blood Honored With AFI Award For 2009

December 14, 2009 by  

Bill-Sookie-HotelThe American Film Institute (AFI) selected this year’s top 10 movies and TV shows and True Blood was selected with the honor of being one of the Top TV Shows of 2009!  The AFI Awards 2009 records the year’s “most outstanding achievements in film and television,” according to the organization and honors the creative ensembles in front of and behind the cameras.

The films and TV shows were selected by a 13-person jury including scholars, film artists, critics and AFI trustees. Two juries — one for film and one for TV — met for two days of debate at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. Among the film jurors were director Norman Jewison, Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), Leonard Maltin and Claudia Puig of USA Today. On hand for the television selection were writer-producer Neal Baer, Brian Lowry of Variety, writer-producer David Milch, actress CCH Pounder and John Shaffner, president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The 10th Annual AFI Awards will be held at an invitation-only luncheon gala at the Los Angeles’ Four Seasons Hotel on January 15, 2010.

Here is a breakdown of this year’s winners:

AFI’s Top 10 Films of 2009

  • “Coraline”
  • “The Hangover”
  • “The Hurt Locker”
  • “The Messenger”
  • “Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire”
  • “A Serious Man”
  • “A Single Man”
  • “Sugar”
  • “Up”
  • “Up In The Air”

AFI’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2009

  • “The Big Bang Theory
  • “Big Love
  • “Friday Night Lights
  • “Glee
  • “Mad Men
  • “Modern Family
  • “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
  • “Nurse Jackie
  • “Party Down
  • True Blood

Once again congratulations to True Blood, Alan Ball, the creative team, and the actors and crew for bringing onto the small screen one of the best shows to come out in years!

Here is a montage of the AFI winners for this year with True Blood featured at the 2:03 mark.


(Photo credit: HBO Inc., screencaps by James)