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American Film Institute Juries Pick Top Ten Movies and TV Shows

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 11, 2011 at 3:45PM

The American Film Institute film and TV juries--a mix of industry professionals, critics and academics-- met Sunday to pick their top ten films and television shows of 2011, below. They limit their choices to American content only, which is often the subject of some debate. While Harvey Weinstein managed to convince the Independent Spirit Awards committee to include "The Artist" as an American film, the AFI gave it a special award instead, along with the "Harry Potter" series.
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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The American Film Institute film and TV juries--a mix of industry professionals, critics and academics-- met Sunday to pick their top ten films and television shows of 2011, below. They limit their choices to American content only, which is often the subject of some debate. While Harvey Weinstein managed to convince the Independent Spirit Awards committee to include "The Artist" as an American film, the AFI gave it a special award instead, along with the "Harry Potter" series.

This year the film jury went mainstream with such films as "Bridesmaids," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Moneyball" and "War Horse." While they also included entries from such studio specialty distributors as Sony Pictures Classics and Fox Searchlight, the group did not pick one truly independent release.

The AFI Awards' intimate award celebration will be held January 13 at the Four Seasons. It's always a hot ticket.

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR (alphabetical)
BRIDESMAIDS


THE DESCENDANTS


THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

THE HELP


HUGO


J. EDGAR


MIDNIGHT IN PARIS


MONEYBALL


THE TREE OF LIFE


WAR HORSE

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR


BREAKING BAD

BOARDWALK EMPIRE

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM

GAME OF THRONES


THE GOOD WIFE

HOMELAND


JUSTIFIED


LOUIE


MODERN FAMILY


PARKS AND RECREATION

AFI SPECIAL AWARDS
THE ARTIST


THE HARRY POTTER SERIES

This year’s juries were chaired by AFI Board of Trustees Vice Chairs Tom Pollock (movies) and Richard Frank (television) and included Whoopi Goldberg, Indiewire's own Leonard Maltin and various film scholars.
 

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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.