There's really only one shocker on the American Film Institute's list of the top 10 movies of 2005. Along with the independent films and a couple of critically acclaimed studio movies that have been repeatedly mentioned for best film honors is the R-rated comedy, "The 40 Year Old Virgin." The inclusion of "Virgin" helps prove AFI isn't as out of touch with movie audiences as some other groups who offer year-end awards. The selection of "The 40 Year Old Virgin" also goes to show that it's okay to honor a comedy.
The AFI Awards 2005 were selected by a 13-person jury made up of scholars, artists, critics, and AFI trustees. Members of this year's jury include critics Kenneth Turan (Los Angeles Times) and Liza Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly) along with film producers Laura Ziskin, Tom Pollock, and director/producer Jay Roach.
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR - OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
"The 40 Year Old Virgin"
"Good Night, and Good Luck"
"A History of Violence"
"The Squid and the Whale"
Source: The American Film Institute