AFI Top 10 (Really 11) Announced – Hello ‘Selma’, Boo Hoo ‘Gone Girl’

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AFI_logoAFI announced their Top Ten Eleven films of the year where “Foxcatcher” bounces back in the race.  Also, making an appearance surprisingly is “American Sniper” and “Nightcrawler.”  “Interstellar,” “Into the Woods,” and “Selma” also make a much needed showing.

No “Gone Girl” anywhere on the list or “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

Let’s play a game: which two films do you think were tied at #10?

Check out the list below:

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR

  • “American Sniper”
  • “Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
  • “Boyhood”
  • “Foxcatcher”
  • “The Imitation Game”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Into the Woods”
  • “Nightcrawler”
  • “Selma”
  • “Unbroken”
  • “Whiplash”

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

  • “The Americans”
  • “Fargo”
  • “Game of Thrones”
  • “How to Get Away With Murder”
  • “Jane the Virgin”
  • “The Knick”
  • “Mad Men”
  • “Orange Is the New Black”
  • “Silicon Valley”
  • “Transparent”

  • HappyMatt

    the list sucks

  • HappyMatt

    the list sucks

  • Jack Moulton

    Haha, I reckon Into The Woods was that pesky #11. Probably with Unbroken.. I’d say American Sniper but that’s an Eastwood.

    A blow for Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wild, Inherent Vice and A Most Violent Year indeed. So happy for Nightcrawler and Whiplash. Rest were inevitable, besides Foxcatcher which was on the fence.

    When do we get their summaries of why they’re included?

  • Corbin

    I’m incredibly happy for Nightcrawler and Whiplash, hopefully one or both can make their ways in the Best Picture lineup.

    • Jack Moulton

      The Theory of Everything wasn’t eligible because it’s British. TIG has enough American in it evidently.

  • Corbin

    No Theory of Everything is kinda shocking

    • Lionel Fox

      It’s a purely British film, so it’s easy to understand why it is snubbed. What is confusing is that both Gone Girl and The Grand Budapest Hotel missed the list while American Sniper made it just because it is Eastwood’s film. Why didn’t they just put Jersey Boys in the list?

    • Max Conoley

      Theory missed out because it’s a British produced film, and considering this is the AMERICAN Film Institute we’re talking about…pretty self explanatory.

  • Corbin

    No Theory of Everything is kinda shocking

  • Manning Franks

    As much as i am ecstatic for Whiplash and Interstellar, no “A Most Violent Year” is a large blow. But considering how this awards year is shaping out, it’s hard to get a strong gauge for anything.

  • I think it was Foxcatcher and Nightcrawler tied for 10. And maybe Whiplash. Everything else was early BP frontrunner or late breaking BP gamechangers. Those are the two(or three) that dont fit in either category.

    • Max Conoley

      What are you talking about? Foxcatcher and Whiplash have been in the conversation since they both premiered.

  • MovieManiac14

    Sad about Gone Girl, but I’m super happy Interstellar made it. I honestly thought it wasn’t going to.

  • Phillip Milner

    Interstellar and Nightcrawler are probably the 10th movies. It’s a shame that Interstellar would bump out Gone Girl. Gone Girl is one of the best of the year while Interstellar is… well… not. I suppose genre men wanted to see a Sci-Fi movie on the list :/ Stoked for Nightcrawler though. That currently sits at my 5th best movie of the year. Glad to see some life brought back to Foxcatcher too. I was beginning to think everyone forgot about it. Other than that, it’s just a list of The Usual Suspects (yawn).

    Can’t say I’m too bothered by that though. The best movie of the year (that i’ve seen so far) is not only on this list, but it’s steamrolling the critics awards like nothing i’ve ever seen before. Sadly, the worst movie i’ve seen all year is on this list. Alls well. Can’t win them all.

    • JJ

      Care to enlighten us what are those best and worst movies you’ve seen this year? 🙂

      • Phillip Milner

        Boyhood is the best (thus far. Still haven’t seen a lot of movies though) and Interstellar is probably the worst. I dunno… I’ve seen Dumb and Dumber Too recently and that might have beaten it out… it’s close 😛

        • JJ

          Boyhood is my favourite also! Not only for this year but it would rank pretty high in my list of all time favourites. Unlike you I also loved Interstellar! And it hurts my heart that you even mention it in a same post with Dumb and Dumber Too 😀 My least favourite movie this year was probably The Other Woman.. That was a BAD movie. 😀

          • Phillip Milner

            No argument there 😛 My problem with Interstellar is that it had a bad beginning and a horrific final act. The middle of the movie was good though.

            Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is far and away a better SciFi film.

  • ChrisA90

    Really surprised Gone Girl isn’t on here. That is one of my favorites of the year and will be in my top five most likely. I can’t really speak about the “validity” of this list because I haven’t seen a majority of the movies on the list yet, but I really thought Gone Girl with Affleck, Fincher, the popularity, etc. would have made it.

    After this and the National Board of Review, does this mean American Sniper is back in the running?

    • Chris

      I don’t think so because both organizations had ulterior motives for nominating it. NBR has a borderline fetish with Eastwood (hence the director win) and AFI likes to nominate the films that premiered at their festival.

      • Phillip Milner

        I have a sneaky suspicion that Eastwood nabs that 5th BD slot on Oscar Morning. Which would also give it a BP slot. I guess we’ll see.

  • Joshua Black

    unbroken and sniper for the tie, oh ya, Eastwood, ill go with whiplash then, sadly

  • lyndsey

    I find it incredible that anyone would put Selma in their top ten. It is an overwrought inaccurate made for tv movie. Sat through this movie and was very disappointed. The story was muddled. Many of the actors were miscast, not right for their parts. And worse it was an inaccurate telling of this bit of US history. I lived through this period of American history. I had traveled through the South when I was a child and was appalled at the treatment of blacks. I remember watching the struggle for civil right unfold on the tv set and in the papers. I remember the powerful speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Lyndon Johnson and even Malcom X. And even the sermons I heard from my priest on Sunday mornings. Something needed to change and it did and I wish they would have told that very powerful true story instead of the mediocre hodge podge that critics are fawning over.