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The Film and Television Hall of Fame pages, listing all Hall of Fame inductees in the history of the OFTA, are linked on these pages. Film inductees are referenced on the left and Television inductees are referenced on the right.

2009 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

This year's Film Hall of Fame inductees have been announced today, Sunday, February 8, 2009.

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2008 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The inductees into the Film Hall of Fame were announced on Sunday, February 10, 2008.

Two films representing the 1940s, two from the 1950s and one pic from the early 1970s have been admitted to the Hall of Fame. The only foreign entry this year represents the 1940s: The Bicycle Thief, a recipient of a special Academy Award for Foreign Language film in 1948. Earlier that decade, the inductee Humphrey Bogart's noir classic THe Maltese Falcon. Representing back to back years 1957 and 1958 are Sidney Lumet court backroom drama 12 Angry Men and Orson Welles' classic Touch of Evil respectively. Capping off the Film Inductions is the black-and-white drama The Last Picture Show.

In the areas of Acting, three Americans and one is a Norwegian legend. Liv Ullmann did some of her best work under the direction of Ingmar Bergman. Anne Bancroft rose to fame as the older woman in The Graduate. Fred Astaire hoofed it up on the big screen in the early days of musicals. And Gregory Peck turned in one of the classic film performances in Hall of Fame inductee To Kill a Mockingbird.

Inducted under the Directing area are silent pioneer Charles Chaplin and spaghetti western legend Sergio Leone. Two producers make it into the Writers/Producers section. Alfred Hitchcock who never wrote a single one of the films he directed and produced and Irving G. Thalberg, the uncredited producer extraordinaire who has an Academy tribute award in his name.

In the technicians area, we have three wholly distinct professions represented. Saul Bass, whose amazing title design work on some of history's most legendary films; Gordon Willis, a cinematographer who lensed dozens of films in the 1970s and later including the legendary and Hall of Fame inductee The Godfather; and George Gershwin whose melodies have graced movies since the early decades of the medium.

And our final tribute this year is to a man who had very little to do with film itself, but with its criticism. John Harkness, who died late last year, was a member of the Online Film & Television Association in its early days. His film criticism work was respected among his peers and, the Governing Committee has decided to bestow a special recognition and induct our first non-filmmaking artist into the Hall of Fame.

2007 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

On Sunday, February 11, the 2007 inductees into the Film Hall of Fame were announced.

Three American films from the 1940s find their way into this year's list, including two Academy Award winners for Best Picture (The Best Years of Our Lives and How Green Was My Valley) while the third was a nominee (Double Indemnity). The remaining two entries were both foreign entries. Tokyo Story and Belle de Jour, which was directed by one of this year's inductees.

The silent and early eras of filmmaking saw three inductees selected including silent comic Buster Keaton, wide-ranging thespian Charles Laughton and screen beauty Deborah Kerr. Alongside these is a modern veteran, Ellen Burstyn, whose film work spans four decades.

The two directors inducted represent Hollywood (George Cukor) and world cinema (Luis Buñuel) while the producer (Samuel Goldwyn) and writer (Paddy Chayefsky) have a decidedly American flavor.

Rounding out this year's selections are three versatile and enduring names in their profession. Cinematographer Nestor Almendros, Editor Dede Allen and Visual Effects Artist Dennis Muren have each been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

2006 Hall of Fame Inductees T.B.A.

On Tuesday, August 29, 2006, when the winners of the 10th Annual OFTA Television Awards are announced, the Television Hall of Fame inductees will be announced.

The Television Hall of Fame is broken into four categories. The first category is for Series. These are any programs that are presented in serial format from year to year. These can included scripted, informational or variety programs. Previous inductees have included The Ed Sullivan Show, M*A*S*H, The Carol Burnett Show and Star Trek. Five such programs are inducted annually from a list of nominees selected by the membership.

The second area for induction is the Motion Picture/Miniseries area. This field is for programs that often air only once in any given season. Some of the noteworthy members of this area include The Day After, Lonesome Dove, Roots and The Thorn Birds. Three entires are admitted every year from a list of selections made by the membership.

Actors and Actresses fill the third area. Anyone who performs in front of the camera for either series, motion pictures made for television or miniseries are eligible. Past inductees include Angela Lansbury, Bill Cosby, Lucille Ball and Bob Newhart. Two actors and two actresses are selected by the membership from a slate of nominees each year.

The final category is for those wonderful people who work Behind the Scenes. These can be producers, writers, directors, production designers, composers or any such related position. Some of the notable inclusions are James Burrows, Steven Bochco, Gene Roddenberry and Jim Henson. The membership selects three such individuals are chosen annually from a list of eligible nominees annually.

This year's crop of inductees should be no less impressive. Join us in two weeks to find out who has been included. Meanwhile, please use the menu at the right to browse the past winners of these awards.

2009 Hall of Fame Inductees Selected

This year saw an eclectic group of series, miniseries and informational programming earn spots in the year's Hall of Fame list.

Entering into the Programs area of the Television Hall of Fame for 2009 are Backstairs at the White House, an early miniseries detailing the life of a maid at the White House who takes care of presidents from Woodrow Wilson through Dwight D. Eisenhower; Also from the early days of the miniseries, Captains and the Kings details the life of an Irish immigrant who rises quickly to wealth and power and all the corruption that comes along with it; I, Claudius was a different style of Miniseries taking a look at the life of Roman historian Claudius in a real-time stage play setting; Classic game show Jeopardy! becomes only the second game show to earn a place in the final list; The Prisoner was a short-lived eclectic series about a former secret service agent trapped on a strange island where things aren't always what they seem; Joining its earlier contemporaries, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was one of the biggest winners early in OFTA's history; The minieries mockumentary Tanner '88 gives Robert Altman a chance to introduce a politician struggling to earn his party's presidential nomination; The Tonight Show recently received it's fifth host in its nearly five decades on the air and has now earned a spot in the TV Hall of Fame; and last, but not least, 20/20 is a classic newsmagazine show that has earned its place in the Hall of Fame after more than two decades of service.

The 2009 Acting Hall of Fame inductees are comedian John Cleese whose work in inducted programs Monty Python's Flying Circus and this year's Fawlty Towers is among the medium's most respectd; Late Night and Late Show host David Letterman has been in the industry longer than many of his contemporaries and all of it hosting nighttime talk shows; Rue McClanahan shot to fame as one of the Golden Girls; and Alex Trebek has hosted Jeopardy! for more than 20 years and now holds a place in our Hall of Fame.

Joining the Behind the Scenes area of the Hall of Fame, PBS documentarian Ken Burns is a legend in his own right having produced some of the most popular and best remembered documentaries in television history; Michael & Denise Okuda's work on Star Trek: The Next Generation and the Star Trek series that came after it are so well known and respected that they've been hired to design many non-television related logos and designs, including Michael's award-winning work for NASA; and NBC network executive and legend Brandon Tartikoff has earned a place in the Hall of Fame.

2008 Hall of Fame Inductees Selected

With our new selection rules in place, the Television branch has selected an eclectic group of inductees. The three-step process involves a select committee making nominations, viewing all submissions and selecting the best of the bunch in a two-tier voting system. Then, the committee's final recommendations are submitted to the entire membership who ranks each nomination and the best of each group is inducted.

In the newly combined Programs area, series, movies made for television and miniseries are combined to allow a more diverse selection of inductees. While no movies or miniseries were inducted, there were submissions in those areas. The lucky series to be inducted this year are: diner comedy Alice, sleuth drama Columbo, black-and-white cop drama Dragnet, fantasy laffer I Dream of Jeannie, HBO comedy program The Larry Sanders Show, variety drama Letters to Loretta, panel game show The Match Game, British import Monty Python's Flying Circus, puppet variety program The Muppet Show, and courtroom drama Perry Mason.

In the Acting area, we inducted the singing cowboy Gene Autry, Honeymooners buddy Art Carney, late night legend Johnny Carson and Captain James T. Kirk William Shatner.

In the Behind the Scenes Area, we welcome series creators Richard Levinson & William Link (Columbo, Mannix, Murder, She Wrote) and Sherwood Schwartz (Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch), and makeup artist Michael Westmore (MacGyver, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Enterprise).

2007 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Today we announce these inductees into the Television Hall of Fame.

In the Series Area, the OFTA has inducted a slew of one-word series including comedies Bewitched, Roseanne, Seinfeld and Soap, and western Gunsmokelong-running news magazine 60 Minutes, classic comedies Taxi and Three's Company, time-travel drama Quantum Leap, and the first series ever to win the OFTA award for Best Comedy Series Frasier.

In the Movies and Miniseries Area, the OFTA inducts And the Band Played On, Band of Brothers and Something About Amelia.

In the Acting Area, the OFTA brings in I Love Lucy stars Desi Arnaz and Vivian Vance alongside Don Knotts and Valerie Harper.

In the Behind the Scenes Area, we welcome John Frankenheimer, Garry Marshall and Lorne Michaels.

2006 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

We are proud today to announce these inductees into the Television Hall of Fame.

In the Series Area, the OFTA has inducted long-running news magazine 60 Minutes, classic comedies Taxi and Three's Company, time-travel drama Quantum Leap, and the first series ever to win the OFTA award for Best Comedy Series Frasier.

In the Movies and Miniseries Area, the OFTA inducts the Sally Field multiple personality disorder drama Sybill, Mystery! drama Prime Suspect which has spawned five successful sequels and five Emmy nominations for star Helen Mirren, and AIDS drama Angels in America based on the Tony award winning play and winner of 12 OFTA awards.

In the Acting Area, the OFTA welcomes beloved kids show icon Mr. (Fred) Rogers, Laugh-In alumnus Lily Tomlin, long-time leading man James Garner, and one six-time Emmy winner Tyne Daly.

In the Behind the Scenes Area, we induct three celebrated TV writers: Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue writer David Milch, Rockford Filesand The Sopranos scribe David Chase, an Magnum P.I. creator Donald P. Bellisario.

2005 Hall of Fame Inductees T.B.A.

On Tuesday, August 29, 2006, when the winners of the 10th Annual OFTA Television Awards are announced, the Television Hall of Fame inductees will be announced.

The Television Hall of Fame is broken into four categories. The first category is for Series. These are any programs that are presented in serial format from year to year. These can included scripted, informational or variety programs. Previous inductees have included The Ed Sullivan Show, M*A*S*H, The Carol Burnett Show and Star Trek. Five such programs are inducted annually from a list of nominees selected by the membership.

The second area for induction is the Motion Picture/Miniseries area. This field is for programs that often air only once in any given season. Some of the noteworthy members of this area include The Day After, Lonesome Dove, Roots and The Thorn Birds. Three entires are admitted every year from a list of selections made by the membership.

Actors and Actresses fill the third area. Anyone who performs in front of the camera for either series, motion pictures made for television or miniseries are eligible. Past inductees include Angela Lansbury, Bill Cosby, Lucille Ball and Bob Newhart. Two actors and two actresses are selected by the membership from a slate of nominees each year.

The final category is for those wonderful people who work Behind the Scenes. These can be producers, writers, directors, production designers, composers or any such related position. Some of the notable inclusions are James Burrows, Steven Bochco, Gene Roddenberry and Jim Henson. The membership selects three such individuals are chosen annually from a list of eligible nominees annually.

This year's crop of inductees should be no less impressive. Join us in two weeks to find out who has been included. Meanwhile, please use the menu at the right to browse the past winners of these awards.