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AFI Awards 2012: Film and TV Ten Bests

AFI Awards 2012: Film and TV Ten Bests

The American Film Institute’s AFI Awards are revealing because they are chosen by two juries–filma nd TV–who represent a cross-section of critics, academics and industry insiders.  The AFI Award juries focus on the community’s creative ensembles as collaborators. See full awards lists below.

I could see this AFI top ten as the final Oscar ten if there are ten, which is possible this year. Foreign films and foreign-financed films (such as “Anna Karenina,” “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” and “Amour”) may have been deemed ineligible. Left off were such hopefuls and critics faves as “The Master,” “Flight” and “The Sessions.”

“Mad Men” is now the most recognized AFI Awards TV honoree, with five appearances in the AFI almanac.

This year’s juries were chaired by producers and AFI Board of Trustees Vice Chairs Tom Pollock (former Vice Chairman of MCA, Chairman of Universal Pictures) for the movies and Rich Frank (former Chairman of Walt Disney Television, President of Walt Disney Studios, President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) for television, and includes award-winning artists such as Angela Bassett, Brad Bird, Chris Carter, Marta Kauffman and Octavia Spencer; film historian Leonard Maltin; scholars from prestigious universities with recognized motion picture arts programs (Syracuse, UCLA, University of Texas, USC, Wesleyan); AFI Board of Trustees; and critics from leading media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, The Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, USA Today and more.

AFI will honor these creative ensembles at an intimate hot ticket lunch on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Beverly Hills.

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR

  • ARGO
  • BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
  • THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
  • DJANGO UNCHAINED
  • LES MISÉRABLES
  • LIFE OF PI
  • LINCOLN
  • MOONRISE KINGDOM
  • SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
  • ZERO DARK THIRTY


AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

  • AMERICAN HORROR STORY
  • BREAKING BAD
  • GAME CHANGE
  • GAME OF THRONES
  • GIRLS
  • HOMELAND
  • LOUIE
  • MAD MEN
  • MODERN FAMILY
  • THE WALKING DEAD

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Comments

Salty Bill

The Master should have been on this list. And Killing Them Softly. Beasts Of The Southern Wild is OK for an indie, but overrated.

Steff

Without Fringe this list is not complete.

tara

No Avengers?

Brian McInnis

Where's 'Samsara'?

Jeff

Most of these movies came out late in the year or aren't even out yet. Short attention span – this is for 2012, not Q4. The Dark Knight Rises does not belong on the list; the movie was objectively bad. Hatfields and McCoys missing from the TV list. Arbitrage was perhaps the best movie of the year. Thinking about it now, this wasn't a really great year for movies overall.

Joe

What a pack of cinema bigots. Am I really supposed to believe that not a single documentary that came out this year deserved to be considered in the Top 10 of films? I'd rather rewatch The Queen of Versailles, Jiro Dreams of Sushi or Chasing Ice than Dark Knight Rises or Lincoln. AFI really needs to think of the films and not just whatever Hollywood slopped on their cafeteria tray.

Mirza

This only thing I don't agree with is putting "django" in this list. The movie has 0 reviews on RT. what was the basis of selecting it? Just the Tarantino name?

Mirza

The master was downright boring! It might have started good and had good performances but as a complete movie, it was a mess. I think the top 10 list is perfect. The dark knight deserves to be here. It was a motion picture event.
The newsroom is again one of those that was hyped way too much. Just because its got a LOT of words, does not mean it was any good. It was pretentious and preachy and real newsroom do not have anything close to that environment.

Greg

The Dar Knight Rises? Not The Master, or Skyfall, or Looper, or even Magic Mike (seriously–Richard Brody gives a great defense in The New Yorker), or virtually anything else that came out this year?

Marc Richardson

I don't understand all the love for The Master. I am a huge Paul Thomas Anderson fan and was extremely disappointed. To me it was nothing more than an overrated mess of a film featuring some exceptional brilliant performances and cinematography but nothing more.

Scott

Boardwalk Empire?

joe

How could you have not included The Newsroom?

Haley

No Parks and Recreation, no cares to give.

Mark

The Newsroom must be on this list.

Tony

Walking Dead? You must be kidding me. Dialogue to plot to acting, the whole thing is subpar, even if today weren't the golden age of television drama.

Waldo

It's pretty sad when a (barely) glorified HBO movie like "Argo" gets the jump on considered works of art like "The Master" and "Flight," but that's typical of the AFI, I guess.

Pedro

Again, the most intellectually daring and most fantastic film of the year, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" gets sidetracked. As usual, "safe" prevails over art.

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