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Two beloved Christmas classics just joined the National Film Registry

- By Neda Ulaby Edited by Rose Friedman.

Every year, the Librarian of Congress picks 25 movies to add to the National Film Registry. And every year, they range from headline-grabbing blockbuste­rs to wonderfull­y obscure collection­s of interestin­g historical footage.

Musicals, silent Klms, sports documentar­ies, indie classics; all will be preserved for posterity.

This year's list includes two recent holiday classics. The Nightmare Before Christmas "has become both a Yuletide and Halloween tradition for adults, kids, hipsters and many Halloween fanatics," the Library of Congress said in a statement about the 1993 Tim Burton animated favorite. It also described another selection, the 1990 Klm Home Alone, as "embedded into American culture as a holiday classic."

The National Film Registry was started in 1988, to bring attention to Klm preservati­on efforts. The selections – now numbering 875 — are intended to represent American Klm heritage in its breadth and depth and will be preserved for posterity.

This year's best-known titles include Terminator 2: Judgement Day and the space exploratio­n drama Apollo 13 that dramatizes an attempt to land on the moon in 1970.

The oldest Klm selected this year dates from 1921; one of the newest is 12 Years a Slave, which won an Oscar for Best Picture in 2014.

"Slavery for me was a subject matter that hadn't been sort of given enough recognitio­n within the narrative of cinema history," said director Steve Mcqueen in a statement. "I wanted to address it for that reason, but also because it was a subject which had s much to do with how we live now. It wasn't just something which was dated. It was something which is living and breathing, because you see the evidence of slavery today."

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Director and President Jacqueline Stewart also chairs the National Film Preservati­on Board. She said she was delighted to see several Klms this year that recognize a diversity of Asian American experience­s.

"There's Cruisin' J-town, a Klm about jazz musicians in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo community, specikcall­y the band Hiroshima," she said. "There's also the Bohulano Family Film collection, home movies from the 1950s-1970s shot by a family in Stockton, Calif.'s Filipino community. Also added is the documentar­y, Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision, about one of our most important contempora­ry artists who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C."

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