Seven films directed by people of color made it, including Melvin Van Peeples' Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971), Julie Dash's Illusions (1982) and Kathleen Collins' Losing Ground (1982). Lupino's Outrage (1950) and Bigelow's history-making The Hurt Locker (2008) highlight the selections helmed by women.
"The National Film Registry is an important record of American history, culture and creativity, captured through one of the great American art forms, our cinematic experience," Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement. "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."
Starting at 5 p.m. PST on Tuesday, TCM will screen a selection of the motion pictures named. Hayden will join TCM host and film historian Jacqueline Stewart to discuss the films.
Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, the librarian each year names 25 motion pictures at least 10 years old to the Registry that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. The librarian confers with members of the National Film Preservation Board and others before making the selections. Also considered this year were more than 5,500 titles nominated by the public; nominations for 2021 will be accepted here.
For a look at this year's list, with descriptions supplied by the Library of Congress, visit THR.com.