The AFI announced its annual list of the Top 10 American-made movies of the year on Thursday and seven of its choices — “The Irishman,” “JoJo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “1917” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” — number among our 10 frontrunners for Best Picture at the Oscars. One of our top Academy Awards contenders — “Parasite” — was ineligible because the American Film Institute only considers homegrown films; it will be feted with a special award at the ceremony on Jan. 3.
Two of our other Oscar top 10 — “Bombshell” and “Ford v Ferrari” — were snubbed by the dozen or so tastemakers who make up this jury. The AFI list is rounded out by the box office hits “The Farewell” and “Knives Out” and the late entry “Richard Jewell,” 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 70 of the 80 nominees that were American-made; that translates into a staggering 87.5% 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.
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 13.