The American Film Institute – known to most as the org that broadcast Top 100 Movie list specials at the turn of the century – announced their 19th Annual AFI Awards, which includes a Top 10 List for the year’s best movies. It doesn’t name a single movie for Best Film of the Year; it simply lists a Top 10 alphabetically.
With no categories like Best Actor, Actress, Director, etc., the AFI is much less of an Oscar harbinger than are other critics/awards groups. Still, it’s a good marker for where the buzz is trending.
Notable omission? Roma, the likely big Oscar contender from Aflonso Cuarón. It was ineligible because it was not an American-made film, a requisite for the AFI list, so it wasn’t exactly “snubbed.” What was is Vice, the Dick Cheney biopic takedown from writer/director Adam McKay (The Big Short), which didn’t appear here. Neither did Clint Eastwood‘s The Mule.
Notable inclusion: Mary Poppins Returns, which may portend some Oscar buzz wants it lands in theaters on December 19.
Here are the AFI choices for the 10 Best Movies of 2018 (listed in alphabetical order):
AFI Movies of the Year 2018
Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2018 / 19 season:
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Toronto Film Critics Association
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
Chicago Film Critics Association
Golden Globe Nominations
Detroit Film Critics Society
Atlanta Film Critics Circle
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review