The AFI announced its annual list of the Top 10 American-made movies of the year on Thursday and nine of its choices — “The Big Sick,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “The Florida Project,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — number among our 10 frontrunners for Best Picture at the Oscars.
One of our top Oscar contenders — “Darkest Hour” — was ineligible because the American Film Institute only considers homegrown films. The AFI list is rounded out by the box office juggernaut “Wonder Woman,” which sits just outside of our top 10 list of likeliest nominees for Best Picture at the Oscars.
The AFI has a strong track record at previewing the Best Picture line-up at the Oscars. Since the academy expanded that category in 2009, the AFI has previewed 58 of the 65 nominees that were American-made; that translates into a staggering 90% success rate.
The AFI jury is comprised of scholars, film and television artists, critics and AFI Trustees. Members consider the following criteria when determining the honor roll of 10 American films:
Best advance the art of the moving image;
enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form;
inspire audiences and artists alike; and
make a mark on American society.
These programs, along with the winners of the TV awards, will be feted during a Jan. 5 luncheon in Los Angeles.
Be sure to make your Oscar nomination predictions so that Hollywood studio executives can see how their films are faring in our Academy Awards odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on January 23.