AFI Awards slated for Jan. 13

The American Film Institute will announce its choices for the top 10 achievements in domestic film and television production on Dec. 11. The honorees will be feted at a private L.A. luncheon on Jan. 13. These awards honor both the talent and the creative types found behind the camera. 

A jury of a dozen or so folks from film, television, academia and the AFI will make the choices. Deadlines for submissions are Oct. 28 for TV and Nov. 4 for film. 

The purpose of the AFI list is to shine the spotlight, “on works which best advance the art of the moving image; enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form; inspire audiences and artists alike; and/or make a mark on American society.”

Last year’s top 10 home-grown films were: “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Inception,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “127 Hours,” “The Social Network,” “The Town,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone.” All but “The Town” were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, with the winner of that being the British-made “The King’s Speech.” The AFI had bestowed a special award on that film as well as the ineligible documentary “Waiting for Superman.”

On the TV front, last year’s top 10 American programs were: reigning Emmy series champs “Modern Family” and “Mad Men,” the TV academy’s choice for best TV movie (“Temple Grandin”) and best mini-series (“The Pacific”) as well as three-time top comedy series “30 Rock,” “Breaking Bad,” “Glee” and three TV newcomers — “The Big C,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Walking Dead.”

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