Awards, awards, awards!
The American Film Institute announced its winners for Movies and TV Programs of the Year today, giving us a look at ten contenders who might repeat when the Oscar nominations are announced.
Amongst some pretty obvious choices like Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, Les Miserables, and Zero Dark Thirty (all of which are basically shoo-ins for Best Picture nods) there were a few that won’t necessarily repeat at the Oscars, including one crowd-pleasing superhero flick that stands out amongst the other awards-bait choices.
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While many Best Picture nominees find themselves on the AFI’s list as well, the Institute also has a history of choosing a few lighter, more box office-friendly titles as well, like The Hangover, Iron Man, Bridesmaids, and Knocked Up.
That explains the inclusion of The Dark Knight Rises, the second Anne Hathaway movie to make the cut. It's by far the highest-grossing film on the list, and the only one that can really be considered a popcorn movie. It’s the least Oscar-y, yet it’s not a great surprise to find it here, since the AFI also honored The Dark Knight back in 2008, but this sequel has a lot less awards buzz than the second installment in Christopher Nolan's franchise (which won an Oscar for Heath Ledger’s performance but was snubbed as a Best Picture contender).
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Does this mean The Dark Knight Rises could make up for the past and snag the Oscar nomination its predecessor missed out on? With 10 nominees in the Academy’s race, that’s a possibility now. (The Dark Knight was released in 2008, which was the last year there were only 5 nominees.) However, since 2012 was one of the strongest years for Oscar hopefuls in recent memory, The Dark Knight Rises will have to fight a lot of films with stronger reviews for that slot, including the other AFI nominees as well as The Master, Amour, and another popcorn flick ― Skyfall.
This year the AFI’s list will likely be closer to the Academy Awards’ than usual, but since the Oscars don’t tend to honor superheroes or action flicks often, the smart money isn’t on Batman except in technical awards like sound and visual effects.
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The TV awards similarly honored many titles that have or will be recognized by the Emmys, including one that’s not even a TV program (Game Change was an HBO movie). Only one nominee is from the major networks ― ABC’s Modern Family ― while AMC and HBO dominated with three wins apiece and FX had a solid two.
Catch the full lists of TV and Movie winners below!
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
LIFE OF PI
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
ZERO DARK THIRTY
AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
GAME OF THRONES
THE WALKING DEAD
All in all, a solid list of choices for both the TV and film categories.
What movie do you think should be honored as one of the year's ten best?