AFI Top 10 Films of the Year Announced: ‘Zootopia’ Cracks the Lineup With Paramount Pictures Securing 3 Spots

ZOOTOPIA – Pictured (L-R): Nick Wilde, Judy Hopps. "It's a nod to the great Disney animated animal films we all grew up with, but with a funny, contemporary twist," said director Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”). "Our artists and animators did tons of research to integrate true animal behaviors into each of our characters. The world of Zootopia is fantastic, infused with international flavor that will be relatable to everyone.” ©2015 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

The American Film Institute (or AFI) announced their Top 10 films of the year this afternoon. The big winner of the day was Paramount Pictures, which secured three of the award hopefuls in the lineup. The usual suspects are on the list, but the big shocker came with the inclusion of “Zootopia” from Walt Disney Pictures making the list.

“Lion” being omitted is not too surprising, as the Oscar hopeful is not considered an “American” film. However, no confirmation has come through as that being the reason for the omission.

AFI Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image — with 10 films and 10 television programs deemed culturally and artistically significant.

This year, AFI also recognizes “O.J.: Made in America” with an AFI Special Award.

In alphabetical order:

  • Arrival” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Fences” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Hacksaw Ridge” (Lionsgate)
  • Hell or High Water” (CBS Films)
  • La La Land” (Summit Entertainment)
  • Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions)
  • Moonlight” (A24)
  • Silence” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Sully” (Warner Bros.)
  • Zootopia” (Walt Disney Pictures)

On the television side:

  • “The Americans” (FX)
  • “Atlanta” (FX)
  • “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
  • “The Crown” (Netflix)
  • “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
  • “The Night Of” (HBO)
  • “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)
  • “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
  • “This is Us” (NBC)
  • “Veep” (HBO)

Special Award: “O.J.: Made in America”

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