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AFI Awards 2012: Film and TV Ten Bests

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 10, 2012 at 2:30PM

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.
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Ben Affleck's 'Argo'
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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.