The American Film Institute announced its 10 “most outstanding” movies of the year Monday, including Her, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Gravity, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
AFI has a strong history of selecting films that end up competing for an Academy Award. Last year alone, all but Moonrise Kingdom and The Dark Knight Rises picked up Best Picture nominations. The only nominee AFI missed was Amour, and that’s just because AFI only selects from American films. Not too shabby.
The list is mostly consistent with the landscape of serious contenders that we’ve been anticipating. The recently announced critics awards largely skewed toward 12 Years a Slave, with a few nods for American Hustle, Gravity, and Her – all of which are represented on AFI’s list. Notably, Sundance winner Fruitvale Station (largely absent from critics lists) made the top 10, perhaps signifying that it’s not out of the race just yet. Missing from AFI’s list are a few notable Best Picture hopefuls including Philomena, August: Osage County, and Blue Jasmine.
Check out the full list below, including AFI’s television programs of the year.
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
12 Years a Slave
Inside Llewyn Davis
Saving Mr. Banks
The Wolf of Wall Street
“AFI Awards is a moment for the most accomplished storytellers 0f 2013 to pause and be appreciated — not as competitors, but as a community,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO. “Acknowledging their collective contributions to America’s rich cultural legacy is both AFI’s national mandate — and our honor.”
The AFI Awards will be handed out on Jan. 10.