AFI Awards 2018 Movies: ‘Black Panther’, ‘A Star Is Born’ & More; ‘Roma’ Scores Special Honor

By Pete Hammond, Patrick Hipes

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Green Book

The American Film Institute unveiled the 10 movies on its annual AFI Awards list on Tuesday, with a broad swath of titles from tentpoles like Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther and Warner Bros’ A Star Is Born to indie hits like A24’s Eighth Grade and First Reformed. Among others with expected mentions were Universal’s Green Bookand the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns.  Of special significance on the list is that three of the films come from African American directors including Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman and Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk in addition to Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther.  Among films that didn’t make the list were First Man, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Crazy RIch Asians, Vice, Beautiful Boy, Boy Erased, and a trio of films from 20th Century Fox’s likely last year as a stand alone studio:  The Hate U Give, Widows , and Bohemian Rhapsody (soon-to-be new owner Disney scored though with both Panther and Poppins).  AFI has a pretty decent track record in matching Best Picture Oscar nods but not a perfect one. Last year the two matched on seven choices although Oscar only had nine nominees instead of ten for AFI.

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In addition to the top 10 films, which celebrate the year’s most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image for American movies, AFI also awarded Alfonso Cuaron’s Netflix pic Roma with a Special Award, for a work of excellence outside the institute’s criteria for American film. (See the full list below.)

The annual honors celebrate the year’s most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image. AFI also unveiled its top 10 TV shows of the year. Check those out here.

The awards are based on jury voting by AFI Trustees, scholars, artists and critics. The winners will be honored January 4 at the annual luncheon in Los Angeles.

Here’s the 2018 film list:


Black Panther
Eighth Grade
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Favourite
First Reformed
Green Book
Mary Poppins Returns
A Quiet Place
A Star Is Born



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