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The American Film Institute has released its list of the Top 10 films of 2012, including several films that are expected to be in the running for Oscars this year, as well as a major surprise.
The AFI’s list does not rank the films and lists them alphabetically, so the fact that Ben Affleck’s Argo is at the top doesn’t mean that voters thought it was the best overall film of the year. Argo, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty and Silver Linings Playbook are all expected to be locks for Best Picture nominations and did land on AFI’s list.
Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is also expected to be nominated and Beasts of the Southern Wild and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom also have decent chances.
Easily the biggest surprise of the list was The Dark Knight Rises. As Entertainment Weekly notes, the film didn’t win the same acclaim as The Dark Knight and has not been in the running for many critics awards so far.
The Master did not make the list, as the film takes another hit against its awards season run. The film did earn a few awards from the Los Angeles film critics, but has largely been absent from other critics awards.
The AFI also honors the best in television and named only one show from the major networks as among the best programs of 2012. ABC’s Modern Family is the only one on the list.
The rest of the list includes HBO’s Girls, Game of Thrones and Game Change. AMC’s The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Breaking Bad, Showtime’s Homeland and FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum were also picked.