'Forrest Gump' and 'Bambi' Among 2011 National Film Registry Picks

December 28, 2011 Updated Dec 28, 2011 at 2:31 PM EDT

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'Forrest Gump' and 'Bambi' Among 2011 National Film Registry Picks

December 28, 2011 Updated Dec 28, 2011 at 2:31 PM EDT

According to a news release issued Wednesday by the Library of Congress, "Forrest Gump" and "Bambi" are among the 25 films selected for the 2011 National Film Registry by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

According to the news release:

Spanning the period 1912-1994, the films named to the registry include Hollywood classics, documentaries, animation, home movies, avant-garde shorts and experimental motion pictures.

Representing the rich creative and cultural diversity of the American cinematic experience, the selections range from Walt Disney’s timeless classic "Bambi" and Billy Wilder’s "The Lost Weekend," a landmark film about the devastating effects of alcoholism, to a real-life drama between a U.S. president and a governor over the desegregation of the University of Alabama. The selections also include home movies of the famous Nicholas Brothers dancing team and such avant-garde films as George Kuchar’s hilarious short "I, an Actress." This year’s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 575.

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films to the National Film Registry that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant.

"These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture," said Billington. "Our film heritage must be protected because these cinematic treasures document our history and culture and reflect our hopes and dreams."

Annual selections to the registry are finalized by the Librarian after reviewing hundreds of titles nominated by the public (this year 2,228 films were nominated) and conferring with Library film curators and the distinguished members of the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB). The public is urged to make nominations for next year’s registry at NFPB’s website (www. loc.gov/film).

See the entire list and read the Library of Congress news release HERE.