In its salute to the year’s films and TV shows, the American Film Institute has endorsed Oscar hopefuls “Captain Phillips” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street”, while “Fruitvale Station” continues its impressive momentum, after winning multiple citations this past week.
“American Hustle,” “Gravity,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Her” and “12 Years a Slave” were all mentioned by AFI, after winning the top prize in various group’s voting in the last eight days. Rounding out AFI’s top 10 were “Nebraska” and “Saving Mr. Banks,” which have been honored for their performances in other group’s voting.
On the TV side, AFI recognized “The Americans,” “Masters of Sex” and “Orange is the New Black,” boosting the awards profiles of those popular shows that are relative newbies to the kudos world.
Also in the TV top 10 are such kudos faves as “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “House of Cards,” “Mad Men,” “Scandal” and “Veep.”
AFI does not rank their choices, simply listing them alphabetically, saying these 20 works are “culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.”
In making the announcement, AFI prexy-CEO Bob Gazzale said the awards are meant to honor storytellers “not as competitors, but as a community,” and said it was AFI’s mandate and honor to acknowledge “their collective contributions to America’s rich cultural legacy.”
According to the org, in its 14th such listing, “Honorees are selected based on works which best advance the art of the moving image, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form, inspire audiences and artists alike, and/or make a mark on American society.”
Selections are made by a jury consisting of scholars, film and television artists, critics and AFI Trustees. This year’s juries – one for film and one for television – were chaired by producers and AFI board of trustees vice chairs Tom Pollock for the movies and Rich Frank for television.
Jury members included Jon Avnet, Anne V. Coates, Roman Coppola, D.C. Fontana, Nancy Meyers and Noah Wyle; film historian Leonard Maltin; scholars from universities (Princeton, Syracuse, USC, Wesleyan); AFI board of trustees members; and critics from Entertainment Weekly, The Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, Time, TV Guide, USA Today and others.
AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the selections at an invitation-only luncheon on Friday, Jan. 10.
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
- 12 YEARS A SLAVE
- AMERICAN HUSTLE
- CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
- FRUITVALE STATION
- INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
- SAVING MR. BANKS
- THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
- THE AMERICANS
- BREAKING BAD
- GAME OF THRONES
- THE GOOD WIFE
- HOUSE OF CARDS
- MAD MEN
- MASTERS OF SEX
- ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK