Library of Congress honors Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'

There was a lot of love in Congress for late pop icon Michael Jackson this past year following the singer's death in June: A moment of silence was held June 26, and numerous members gave tributes to the "King of Pop" on the House floor, including Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.).

But it doesn't stop there. On Thursday, Jackson's groundbreaking 1983 music video "Thriller" was inducted into the Library of Congress' National Film Registry, one of 25 films selected annually by the Librarian of Congress for their significant contributions to American cultural history. "Thriller" is the first music video ever to receive the honor.

The only hitch may be actually getting a legitimate copy of the film: "Thriller's" director, John Landis, sued Jackson in early 2009 for unpaid royalties.

Other flicks inducted this year include "The Muppet Movie" (1979) and "Jezebel" (1938).

Cross Posted on Washington Scene