‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘The Descendants’ among AFI’s Top 10 Films

There are some surprising omissions from the American Film Institute’s list of Top 10 Films of 2011, including “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and “#The Ides of March.” That doesn’t take either film out of Oscar contention, however. In 2006, AFI failed to include the eventual Oscar Best Picture champ “The Departed” among its top 10. 

The Artist,” “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” were not eligible as they were foreign-made, but “The Artist” and the whole “Harry Potter” film series received special awards.

Last year, the AFI named nine of the eventual 10 Best Picture nominees, with only the champ — British-made “The King’s Speech” — missing from the list. It too received a special prize. Two years ago, the AFI snubbed eventual Best Picture nominees “Avatar” and “Inglourious Basterds.” 

Winners will be feted at a Jan. 12 luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. 

TOP 10 FILMS OF 2011
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Help
J. Edgar
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

“Breaking Bad”
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Good Wife”
“Modern Family”
“Parks and Recreation”

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