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The American Film Institute (AFI) has chosen its Top 10 Films and Television shows of 2016.
MOVIES OF THE YEAR
HELL OR HIGH WATER
LA LA LAND
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
While clear favorites like La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight and Sully made the cut, a few films that will see their Oscar Best Picture chances improved greatly today are Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, and Sully – all of which also made the National Board of Review last week. Among the snubs today: Jackie, Lion, and Loving. Each of those films needed a boost here, especially after also missing out on NBR’s Top 10 list.
Andrew Garfield ends up with two films on the list: Hacksaw Ridge and the yet-to-be-released Silence.
I’m kicking myself a bit for choosing The Jungle Book over Zootopia, which would have given me a perfect prediction score.
Last year, AFI matched up with Oscar’s Best Picture with just 6/10 – the same number as the year before. In 2013, they predicted 7 out of 10 and in 2012 they were 8 out of 10.
Here is a list of films that have made the Top 10s for BFCA, NBR, and AFI since the Best Picture expansion (Best Picture nominees in bold, winners have an asterisk):
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Imitation Game
Inside Llewyn Davis
Saving Mr. Banks
12 Years a Slave*
The Wolf of Wall Street
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
The Artist* (*given “Special Award” since it wasn’t an American production)
The Tree of Life
The King’s Speech* (*given “Special Award” since it wasn’t an American production)
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
The Hurt Locker*
A Serious Man
Up in the Air
43 films that have made all three lists, and of those 43 only five have missed a Best Picture nomination – The Town, Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr. Banks, Unbroken, and Nightcrawler.
Here are the films that hit all three precursors this year:
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
On the television side Atlanta, This Is Us and The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story were among the top 10. Speaking of O.J., a special citation was given to the documentary O.J.: Made in America.
TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
BETTER CALL SAUL
GAME OF THRONES
THE NIGHT OF
THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
THIS IS US
AFI SPECIAL AWARD
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
Honorees will gather on January 6, 2017, at the AFI AWARDS private luncheon, a noncompetitive and intimate event where AFI will reveal the jury rationales for each selection.
The AFI AWARDS luncheon will be sponsored by Audi, a supporter of AFI and its programs for the past 13 years. The event’s Patron of the Arts is Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation and founder of GRoW @ Annenberg. The event is also sponsored by American Airlines, the official airline of AFI. At the luncheon, AFI will present jury rationales providing artistic and cultural context for the selection of each honoree. Press coverage of the AFI AWARDS luncheon is strictly by invitation only. Photos will be available online through AFI immediately following the event.