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AFI Awards 2012: Film and TV Ten Bests

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by Anne Thompson
December 10, 2012 2:30 PM
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Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

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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24 Comments

  • Salty Bill | December 22, 2012 7:39 AMReply

    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 | December 11, 2012 6:54 PMReply

    Without Fringe this list is not complete.

  • tara | December 11, 2012 5:26 PMReply

    No Avengers?

  • Nadine | December 11, 2012 5:28 PM

    OK, just read full list: Avengers is nominated for Best Action Film.

  • Brian McInnis | December 11, 2012 4:34 PMReply

    Where's 'Samsara'?

  • Jeff | December 11, 2012 4:12 PMReply

    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 | December 11, 2012 2:49 PMReply

    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 | December 11, 2012 1:51 PMReply

    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?

  • Tdsmonkeyface | December 11, 2012 2:23 PM

    The film has been screened for critics and other film professionals. There is currently an embargo on reviews, which is fairly standard for buzzed about movies. Once the embargo ends (I've heard the 12th?) expect a flood of reviews to come in. No reviews does not equal no one has seen it.

  • Mirza | December 11, 2012 1:48 PMReply

    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 | December 11, 2012 1:10 PMReply

    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 | December 11, 2012 1:09 PMReply

    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 | December 11, 2012 1:03 PMReply

    Boardwalk Empire?

  • David | December 11, 2012 6:47 PM

    I thought the lists were pretty good until I saw Boardwalk Empire wasn't on it. Then it became a joke.

  • joe | December 11, 2012 1:02 PMReply

    How could you have not included The Newsroom?

  • Haley | December 11, 2012 12:58 PMReply

    No Parks and Recreation, no cares to give.

  • Mark | December 11, 2012 12:51 PMReply

    The Newsroom must be on this list.

  • Tony | December 11, 2012 12:49 PMReply

    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 | December 10, 2012 4:37 PMReply

    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.

  • ktq1 | December 11, 2012 6:43 PM

    I thoroughly enjoyed Argo. Left me on edge even though I knew the ending. I can't believe I paid to see The Master. Outside some very fine acting, I was ready to shoot myself it was so bad. Flight was more enjoyable but not a great film in that it was rather predictable and storyline a bit flat. Tho Denzel was in top form and the plane scene was exceptional. The Sessions should be added and how much fun was The Avengers!

  • John Heuer | December 11, 2012 1:08 PM

    Flight was a terrible movie.

  • Christophe | December 10, 2012 5:35 PM

    oh my, I was thinking the exact same thing about Argo but never dared to say it out loud... glad to see I'm not the only one!

  • Pedro | December 10, 2012 2:45 PMReply

    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.

  • Ricky | December 9, 2013 2:42 PM

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