AFI Unveils 2012 Awards In Film And TV

The American Film Institute’s annual awards of the 10 best films and TV shows are selected by scholars, film and television artists, critics and AFI Trustees. This year’s juries were chaired by producers and AFI Board of Trustees Vice Chairs Tom Pollock (movies) and Rich Frank (TV). Winners will be feted at an invitation-only luncheon January 11 in LA. Here are the lists, honoring the creative ensembles as a whole:

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

  1. Used to really respect AFI. Now it seems every couple years they refine their BEST OF list just to pander to current filmmakers and seem hip.

    They are like the Golden Globes.

    1. nice to see at least this one comment proves there are still people on deadline who watch immature crap. girls is a clusterfuck of bullshit.

  2. However you like to define it, the only broadcast network show on this list is Modern Family. It clearly shows that the “best” shows are no longer being produced by them. While that is a “duh” statement, I think despite their claims that they can only produce broad-based shows, I still think they can make clever, social commentary type shows that can be commercial. They just have to invest more time into them, allow them to grow and stop putting a wall in their way when it comes to creativity. Sure there is a whole boat load of badly scripted cable shows, but what stands out on most of them is the ability to let the shows grow without demographics, bean counters and hedge-fund CEO’s who are more concerned with share holder value than producing something that has any sort of quailty.

  3. The DARK KNIGHT RISES doesn’t deserve to be on that list. It was a narrative mess with a sloppy script and unfocused structure. If anything, SKYFALL or FLIGHT should have taken its place. The second DARK KNIGHT should have gotten more awards attention, but its follow up was a critical step backwards.

    1. it’s all subjective, but one could accuse Flight of being a heavy-handed, obvious, and repetitive yarn on addiction just as easily as you’ve dismissed The Dark Knight Rises as “a narrative mess [with an] unfocused structure.” But wait, the Flight apologists might say, Denzel elevates the script’s shortcoming’s. Maybe so. But one could just as easily say that the scale, spectacle, and imagery of The Dark Knight Rises compensates for its narrative failings (which, to be clear, I’m not denying). Also, a “critical step backwards” would imply that critics were decidedly less enthusiastic, no? Not really the case if you look at the reviews. I don’t mean to single you out– but it’s so odd to me the way The Dark Knight Rises attracts criticism from people who compare it unfavorably with equally criticism-worthy pictures.

    2. I’m not a fan of The Dark Knight Rises either, and I do agree with the few things you brought up, but it’s their collective opinion and they have a right to it. If they believe it’s one of the ten best American movies of the year, then they have a right to reward it.

    3. Did you actually watch TDKR? The script covers anything you could possibly interpret as a plot hole. Do you even film school?

  4. How anyone could nominate “American Horror Story” for anything is beyond me. It has NO redeeming value. It’s just non-stop depravity with no structure, no form, no characters to root for except victims who aren’t fully developed. They don’t even observe the basics of writing. It’s just a stream of conscious crapola.

  5. Great list, except for “Game Change”

    “Game Change” is not a TV show, just a really boring cable movie that only Sarah Palin haters liked and tanked in the ratings.

    Seriously, if they were going to pick a really good cable production, should have picked Kevin Costner’s “Hatfields and McCoys.” It was quite impressive and also a ratings hit.

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