The AFI announced its annual list of the Top 10 American-made movies of the year on Thursday and seven of its choices — “BlacKKKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “The Favorite,” “Green Book,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “A Star Is Born” — number among our 10 frontrunners for Best Picture at the Oscars.
One of our top Oscar contenders — “Roma” — was ineligible because the American Film Institute only considers homegrown films; it will be feted with a special award at the ceremony on Jan. 4 as will the winners of the TV awards.
Two of our other Oscar top 10 — “First Man” and “Vice” — were snubbed by the dozen or so tastemakers who make up this jury.
The AFI list is rounded out by the box office juggernaut ““A Quiet Place” and the indie hits “Eighth Grade” “First Reformed,” all of which sit 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 2010, the AFI has previewed 65 of the 73 nominees that were American-made; that translates into a staggering 89% 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.