AFI Top 10 Film/TV Awards Official Selections

LOS ANGELES, December 12, 2010 – American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2010, AFI’s almanac that records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film, television, and other forms of the moving image arts. AFI AWARDS is the only recognition that honors the community’s creative ensembles as a whole, acknowledging the collaborative nature of the art form. 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:

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
BLACK SWAN
THE FIGHTER
INCEPTION
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
127 HOURS
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
THE TOWN
TOY STORY 3
TRUE GRIT
WINTER’S BONE

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
THE BIG C
BOARDWALK EMPIRE
BREAKING BAD
GLEE
MAD MEN
MODERN FAMILY
THE PACIFIC
TEMPLE GRANDIN
30 ROCK
THE WALKING DEAD

AFI SPECIAL AWARDS
THE KING’S SPEECH
WAITING FOR SUPERMAN

AFI AWARDS 2010 selections are made through AFI’s unique jury process in which scholars, film and television artists, critics and AFI Trustees determine the most outstanding achievements of the year, as well as provide a detailed rationale for each selection. AFI SPECIAL AWARDS are given to outstanding achievements in the moving image that do not fit into AFI’s criteria for the other honorees: Feature-Length Motion Picture Narrative fiction format, over 60 minutes in length; American Motion picture with significant creative and/or production elements from the United States. The motion picture need not be presented in the English language if it is incontrovertibly American; Theatrically-Released Motion pictures originally released between January 1 and December 31,2010, which have been publicly exhibited in a commercial theater in Los Angeles for paid admission and screened for at least seven consecutive days.

AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the selections at a luncheon sponsored by Hewlett-Packard on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotelin Los Angeles.

    1. In mine, Boardwalk Empire is a painfully poorly written show. HBO’s ability to essentially buy their way into nominations never ceases to amaze me. The WGA nomination was undeserved. This one I can see, as Boardwalk Empire is a beautiful show cinematically. But to say it’s got “phenomenal writing” makes you sound like one of the writers’ agents.

      1. I’ll second Jack’s opinion. The last 4 episodes were absolutely phenomenal. The fact that you’re accusing Jack of being writer or agent without having any proof means you couldn’t come up with a good reason for your hatred.

      2. I agree. I find the show over-written. And clearly HBO has trolls who put up as many “Boardwalk Empire is Brilliant!” quotes on these boards as possible.

      3. Couldn’t agree more. The show is an out and out snoozefest with the vast majority of episodes practically devoid of conflict.

        And those saying the last few episodes are better written than the beginning… huh? The action borders on ridiculous. That agent baptism scene was laughable–completely unbelievable on every level. Same with the maid/cookie fiasco (though her explanation was probably the single best line in the series). Eye-rolling solutions to what should be plot-turning events. Nothing has any consequences.

        Boardwalk Empire is a subpar show when compared to Deadwood, The Wire, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and a few others. Yes, most shows pale when compared to those–but those shows aren’t praised for their writing the way Boardwalk Empire is. I mean, really, do you care about a single one of those characters? Will anyone be itching for the return of season 2? When Breaking Bad ended I was giddy with how good it was and can’t wait for the next season–same with each season of Deadwood. When the cancellation was announced, I wanted to murder the executioner at HBO. As I did with Treme, I’ll probably completely forget everything in Boardwalk Empire’s premiere season and not be able to care less about a followup.

  1. No Fringe? Toy Story 3 but no Megamind or Despicable Me?!? Do these people actually watch any movies or tv-shows or do they just pick them up randomly?

    1. Oh no Andy, you’ve figured out the AFI’s secret! An organization that’s been around for 40 years, was created by the NEA, and is often cited for the most popular movies of all time, doesn’t watch anything; they simply pick their award winners out of a hat.

  2. Swap out Boardwalk Empire for Dexter.

    How is Inception “American” and not The King’s Speech? Is it all about the actors?

  3. The films being nominated this year are far, far stronger than last year’s contenders. Black Swan, The Fighter and The Social Network are all excellent. Glad to see Inception in there, too. Last year was shockingly bad (Avatar, anyone?).

  4. Fringe is niche. Toy Story 3 was leagues better than Megamind (which was borderline bad) and Despicable Me (which was just bland).

    Happy to see Black Swan and Breaking Bad on their list.

  5. With all the hype surrounding the the High Def digital format, it is interesting to note that only two productions, “Modern Family” and “The Big C” use the digital method of capture. Since “Modern Family is supposed to have a “reality look”, really only one traditional scripted drama was shot digitally, “The Big C”.

    In fact more of the Top shows on the lists, are shot in the Super 16mm film format, such as “Temple Grandin”, “The Walking Dead” and “The Black Swan”.

    Interesting.

  6. I believe it is tragedy for Lie to Me not to be considered one of the top ten AFI TV programs of the year. Especially since it was the only TV show last season to have 22 new episodes year around, including summer time.

  7. No Fringe? No Community? No Parks and Rec? The people who make the decision about how makes the list, do they even watch TV? This list is absurd.

  8. Don’t know about Boardwalk, but thrilled to see Big C there. Amazing, emotional, real writing and acting on that show.

  9. HBO films is in an interesting quandary. Temple Grandin was a remarkable film of truth and heart with a female centric story from another regime. I fear it will be that last in a long time at HBO Films.
    The current HBO Films seems committed to telling only ripped from the headlines stories that leave many critics and audiences cold.
    HBO Films no longer seems to like stories of human struggle but of human greed in white malecentric power bases. A Special Relationship, You Don’t Know Jack and Too Big to Fail seem to be focused on HBO’s fetish with how absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    It is truly unfortunate to sacrifice more human, resonant stories that illuminate. Why can’t HBO Films make both?

  10. Do you actually watch any movies or tv-shows?
    Its actually sad to see that these could actually be the best american films of the year.

  11. It’s amazing how every year AFI ruins their credibility a little more — they are starting to sound like the Hollywood Press Assn.

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