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‘Moonlight,’ ‘Silence,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among AFI Awards Official Selections

The American Film Institute has revealed its list of the top 10 American films and top 10 American TV programs of the year.

The official selections for the upcoming AFI Awards, scheduled for a “noncompetitive atmosphere” on Jan. 6, 2017, reflect “culturally and artistically significant” art in the moving image realm. The AFI Awards marks the only national honor for the entertainment community’s creative teams as a whole, recognizing the collaborative nature of the art form.

Films on the list include the critically acclaimed “Moonlight,” Martin Scorsese’s deeply personal “Silence,” Clint Eastwood’s account of the Miracle on the Hudson — “Sully” — and Disney’s animated “Zootopia.”

On the television side, selections include standbys like “Game of Thrones” and “Veep,” as well as new entries like “Atlanta,” “The Crown,” “The Night Of,” and “Stranger Things.” NBC’s “This Is Us” was the only program from a broadcast network to make the list.

Additionally, Ezra Edelman’s 5-part documentary “O.J.: Made in America” was earmarked for a special prize. It is considered the frontrunner for the documentary feature Oscar this year.

Selections are made based on “works that advance the art of the moving image, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form, inspire audiences and artists alike, and make a mark on American society,” according to AFI.

Here’s the full list of honorees below.

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
“Arrival”
“Fences”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“Manchester by the Sea”
Moonlight
Silence
“Sully”
“Zootopia”

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
“The Americans”
“Atlanta”
“Better Call Saul”
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Night Of”
“The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Stranger Things
“This Is Us”
“Veep”

AFI SPECIAL AWARD
“O.J.: Made in America”

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 film and Richard Frank (former Chairman of Walt Disney Television, President of Walt Disney Studios, President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) for television. The juries featured award-winning artists such as Elizabeth Banks, Robert Benton, Diane English, Jon Hamm, Michelle King, Lori McCreary, Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006) and Patricia Riggen; renowned authors and scholars representing prestigious universities with recognized motion picture arts and television programs; film historians Mark Harris and Leonard Maltin; the AFI Board of Trustees; and film and television critics from media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, MTV News, Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Variety and more.

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