According to the Library of Congress’ website, the National Film Registry is a collection of films deemed culturally, historically and/or aesthetically significant.
“These films are not selected as the ‘best’ American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to American culture,” the site states. “They reflect who we are as a people and as a nation.”
"Grease" is still the word: director Randal Kleiser brought the Broadway musical to the big screen in 1978 with lead actors Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, and the addition of beloved songs like "You're the One that I Want." The film was added to the #NatFilmRegistry today. pic.twitter.com/9LHPrON2js— Library of Congress (@librarycongress) December 14, 2020
“This is not only a great honor for all of us who worked on ‘The Dark Knight,’ this is also a tribute to all of the amazing artists and writers who have worked on the great mythology of Batman over the decades.”
The Associated Press reports that this year’s selection includes a record-breaking nine films made by women and directors of color, including Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker,” which won an Oscar for best picture in 2010.
“With the inclusion of diverse filmmakers, we are not trying to set records but rather to set the record straight by spotlighting the astonishing contributions women and people of color have made to American cinema, despite facing often-overwhelming hurdles,” Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, said in a statement via The Associated Press.
For the full list of 2020 nominees, visit the Library of Congress’ website.