By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated September 04, 2001 02:22 PM
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Let’s see, there are already the Oscars, the Emmys, the Grammys, the Golden Globes, the Tonys, the CMA, MTV and the People’s Choice awards (which have nothing to do with PEOPLE magazine), plus others awards shows too numerous to mention, but now comes word from Hollywood that there is to be yet another. The L.A.-based, non-profit American Film Institute, best known for naming the 100 greatest movies of all time, is joining the growing list of award-giveaway shows, reports the Los Angeles Times. No host has yet been named — perhaps Billy Crystal, who’s been shunning the Oscars of late, might consider the job — and the event, says the Times, will honor film and TV achievement and is slated for broadcast on CBS Jan. 5, two weeks before the Golden Globes on NBC and less than two months before the Academy Awards on ABC. (The Globes also honor film and TV, while the Oscars simply focus on film.) Bruce Davis, executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscar people), questions the wisdom of presenting two shows before the Academy Awards, which generally occur in late March. “It would be nice to think of ourselves as the climax to a series of playoffs,” said Davis. “But the fact is that these awards tend to involve the same films, the same people presenting them, the same people receiving them.” Defending the AFI’s decision, the group’s director, Jean Picker Firstenberg, said, “From the AFI’s point of view, what we are trying to do is identify what has occurred over the past year and put it into a historic context to understand what it means for the future.”