Oscars Watch: 2017 American Film Institute’s Top 10 Films and Television Shows of the Year

With AFI’s top 10 list out this afternoon, we see many of the same films that have been grabbing critics awards, including “The Post,” “Lady Bird,” “Call Me By Your Name,” and “The Florida Project,” which just picked one up this morning from the Detroit film critics. “Get Out,” “The Shape Of Water,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” are not huge surprises, but finally, we see “Dunkirk” land somewhere important, keeping it in the game. We also get “The Big Sick,” which had yet to win anything from the critics. The one everyone seems excited to see on this list, however, is DC’s “Wonder Woman.” Now we just have to wait and see if the Amazonian princess can turn this buzz into an Oscar nomination. Notably missing from the list is Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread,” Netflix’s “Mudbound,” and Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” which might be sealing them out of the Best Picture race this year. Ultimately, it just depends how much the Academy members like and support these films.

Meanwhile, in the television department, HBO and Netflix fight it out both with three nominations, while NBC, Hulu, and FX sneak their best shows in as well. And a special award went to the PBS series “The Vietnam War” by Ken Burns.

AFI Movies of the Year

  • “The Big Sick”
  • “Call Me by Your Name”
  • “Dunkirk”
  • “The Florida Project”
  • “Get Out”
  • “Lady Bird”
  • “The Post”
  • “The Shape of Water”
  • “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
  • “Wonder Woman”

 

AFI TV Programs of the Year

  • “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
  • “The Crown” (Netflix)
  • “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
  • “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
  • “The Good Place” (NBC)
  • “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
  • “Insecure” (HBO)
  • “Master of None” (Netflix)
  • “Stranger Things 2” (Netflix)
  • “This is Us” (NBC)

 

AFI Special Award

PBS’ Ken Burns documentary series “The Vietnam War”

“At a time when the world seems defined by division, storytellers bring us together as one,” AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale said in a statement. “AFI Awards is honored to celebrate this community of artists who challenge and inspire us, entertain and enlighten us — ultimately reminding us of our common heartbeat.”

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