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American Film Institute Announces 2012 AFI Awards: 'Django,' 'Dark Knight' In; 'Flight,' 'The Master' Out

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 10, 2012 at 2:14PM

The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2012, which "documents the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television." Both the film and television lists include 10 selections, with the film list often proving somewhat similar to what the Oscars end up going for in their best picture category. Though last year "Bridesmaids," "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "J. Edgar" ended up on the AFI list before missing out on Oscar ("The Artist" was notably ineligible as it was a non-American production). This year, the likes of Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bieglow, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg, Wes Anderson, David O. Russell and Tom Hooper are all represented on this list alongside newcomer Benh Zeitlin, whose "Beasts of the Southern Wild" made cut.  Tarantino's "Django Unchained" and Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" are perhaps the bigger surprises of the list, which left off Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and Robert Zemeckis's "Flight." Michael Haneke's "Amour" and Sam Mendes' "Skyfall" were among the ineligible films due to their non-American production status, though "Les Miserables" was a bit of a surprise in that regard given it is primarily a UK production.
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"The Dark Knight Rises."
"The Dark Knight Rises."

The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2012, which "documents the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television."

Both the film and television lists include 10 selections, with the film list often proving somewhat similar to what the Oscars end up going for in their best picture category. Though last year "Bridesmaids," "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "J. Edgar" ended up on the AFI list before missing out on Oscar ("The Artist" was notably ineligible as it was a non-American production).

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This year, the likes of Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bieglow, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg, Wes Anderson, David O. Russell and Tom Hooper are all represented on this list alongside newcomer Benh Zeitlin, whose "Beasts of the Southern Wild" made the cut.  Tarantino's "Django Unchained" and Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" are perhaps the bigger surprises of the list, which left off Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and Robert Zemeckis's "Flight."

Michael Haneke's "Amour" and Sam Mendes' "Skyfall" were among the ineligible films due to their non-American production status, though "Les Miserables" was a bit of a surprise in that regard given it is primarily a UK production.

Check out both the film and TV lists below:

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

'Mad Men'
'Mad Men'

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

AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the selections at an invitation-only luncheon on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

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This article is related to: Television, TV News, Awards, AFI, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, The Dark Knight Rises, Django Unchained, Louie, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Les Miserables






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