WASHINGTON (March 7, 2001) -- The U.S. Bishops' Communications Committee is urging people to cast their own vote for the Best Movie of 2000.
The committee, which oversees the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting (OFB), is providing the opportunity to vote on the USCC Web site (www.nccbuscc.org/survey/movies.htm).
The options include the top ten movies as selected by the Committee and listed here in rank order.
1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
3. Chicken Run
5. Billy Elliot
6. Best in Show
7. Remember the Titans
8. Cast Away
9. The Color of Paradise
The chance to vote continues through March 25, the date of the annual presentation of the coveted Oscars, selected by vote of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The results of the Communications Committee survey will be posted on the Web March 26.
The Office of Film and Broadcasting reviewed 240 movies in 2000. Reviews include a description of the film, the USCC classification of each movie's suitability by age group, along with the rating given by the Motion Picture Association of America.
New reviews are posted each week on the Web site (www.nccbuscc.org/movies/index.htm) which receives close to 7,000 visits per month, with 71,222 visits in all of the year 2000.
Reviews also can be accessed through the CCC Movie Review Line (1-800-311-4222), which received close to 90,000 calls in 2001.
"The movie reviews provide moral and ethical guidance for viewers," says Gerri Paré, Director of OFB. "Hollywood hype can be misleading. The USCC Web site and Movie Line offer both comments on artistry and moral content. The survey of favorite films will give the OFB a chance to get feedback from its many users."
The movie review service is supported by the Catholic Communication Campaign, the U.S. bishops' media program funded by an annual collection in parishes nationwide. Other CCC efforts include sponsorship of TV specials, public service announcements in English and Spanish, and 1-800-MASSTIMES, a toll-free number for travelers.