The American Film Institute released their annual top 10 list and helped the eclectic and diverse crop of Oscar contenders in the list gain major traction. For starters, The Big Sick got a major boost with its inclusion and Wonder Woman got its first mention in any Best Picture lineup this season. Whether Wonder Woman can be a major threat going forward remains to be seen. But it’s nice that the film hasn’t become forgotten.
One thing that’s noticeable is how this lineup isn’t different from the Best Picture lineup on the Critic’s Choice Awards. The only film from the Critic’s Choice lineup not to be found here is Darkest Hour but that’s because AFI only considers films that are at least co-produced by the U.S. and Darkest Hour is a U.K. production. Some other misses include Mudbound, Phantom Thread, I, Tonya, and even Coco given how they’ve embraced animated films before (Zootopia, Inside Out, Finding Nemo, etc.).
AFI Movies Of The Year:
The Big Sick
Call Me By Your Name
The Florida Project
The Shape Of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri