The AFI top 10 list for 2010 is out, and it should be an interesting first view of what might come at the Oscars. The AFI top 10 list for 2010 is a selection from all movies that were released to theaters during the 2010 season, and is constructed from votes within the American Film Institute. The list itself is always an interesting one, but might not be able to predict the winner of the next Academy Awards, especially after they left Avatar off their list last year.
According to AFI, the 10 movies that made the AFI list were Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, The Social Network, The Town, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter’s Bone. It’s an interesting list of films, especially because there are so many that wouldn’t really be considered independent films this year. Amongst the films, True Grit and The Fighter still haven’t even been released to many theaters, so it’s hard to predict if they deserve to be there just yet.
If you go to the main website for the American Film Institute, they have a quick video about which 10 films were nominated, as well as a number of clips from those movies. After that list of films, they cover what they felt to be the top 10 television programs of the year as well. Some of those included The Pacific, 30 Rock, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Mad Men. It’s also an interesting list because it is so wide-ranging in topics. They have comedies and dramas all in one category, and it shows the differing tastes of the voters.
In addition to the films and television programs they honored, the AFI gave out two special awards in 2010. Two films that weren’t able to meet the selection criteria to become one of the best films of the year were instead given other accolades. The King’s Speech received one of the special awards, a film that couldn’t be in the main category because it is considered a foreign film (British). The other special award went to Waiting for Superman, which was in the category of documentary, and somewhat shows the odd process of elimination that the AFI puts into place.
The 2010 list from AFI is definitely an interesting one, packed with many films that have received compliments from both critics and audiences. It will now be equally intriguing to see if the Academy Awards mirror this list, or if they go off in an entirely different direction. Lists like this could definitely help The Fighter and True Grit, though, as they still have their wide releases coming later in December. Getting early accolades could really give their box office a nice bump, and lead right into Oscar nominations for both.