The American Film Institute’s list of the Top 10 Films of 2013 includes all of our likeliest Oscar contenders for Best Picture but for “The Butler” and “Blue Jasmine.”
However, such snubs dont rule these picture out of Oscar contention.Two years ago, the AFI overlooked eventual Oscar nominee “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” And, in 2006, the AFI failed to include eventual Oscar Best Picture champ “The Departed” among its top 10.
Of this year’s top Oscar contenders, only “Philomena” and “Blue is the Warmest Color,” which just won two awards from the LA film critics, were ineligible for AFI consideration as they are foreign-made.
Last year, the AFI named seven of the eventual nine Best Picture nominees, missing only the Gallic import “Amour” and the late release “Django Unchained.”
In 2011, eventual Oscar Best Picture winner “The Artist” was ineligible as it was a French film but it received honorary mention. In 2010, 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. And in 2009, the AFI snubbed eventual Best Picture nominees “Avatar” and “Inglourious Basterds.”
These films, along with the winners of the TV awards, will be feted during a Jan. 10 luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
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