American Film Institute lauds film, television shows

By Susan King
Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2010

LOS ANGELES — An eclectic mixture of feature films was selected Sunday for the American Film Institute’s AFI Awards 2010, the organization’s almanac that records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film, TV and other forms of the moving arts.

The 10 AFI movies of 2010:

“Black Swan,” directed by Darren Aronofsky
“The Fighter,” directed by David O. Russell
“Inception,” directed by Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right,” directed by Lisa Cholodenko
“127 Hours,” directed by Danny Boyle
“The Social Network,” directed by David Fincher
“The Town,” directed by Ben Affleck

“Toy Story 3,” directed by Lee Unkrich
“True Grit,” directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
“Winter’s Bone,” directed by Debra Granik

On the television front, the AFI TV programs of the year:

“The Big C”
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Mad Men”
“Modern Family”
“The Pacific”
“Temple Grandin”
“30 Rock”
“The Walking Dead”

Special awards went to “The King’s Speech” and the documentary “Waiting for ’Superman.’ ”

The special awards are given to achievements that don’t otherwise fit into AFI’s criteria, which state that movies must be in a narrative fiction format and have significant creative and or production elements from the U.S.

The awards are selected by a jury of scholars, film and TV artists, critics and AFI trustees. Among those on the film jury were producer Tom Pollock, professor Jeanine Basinger, screenwriter Diablo Cody, AFI’s Bob Gazzale and historian and critic Leonard Maltin. The TV jurors included writer-producer Steven Bochco and producer Richard Frank.
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