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article image'The Imitation Game' makes the AFI cut; list has 11 this year

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 8, 2014 in Entertainment
The American Film Institute (AFI) hands out their annual lists and they cover movies and television. Are they the best? Maybe, but do not use the word "best." It is more like honorees.
Perhaps they are on to something. Just throw out their top ten and leave it be. Wait, not this year as the movie lists has 11. Oh well. A quick look and the film that the National Board of Review picked as their best film, "A Most Violent Year," is not here.
This is the first time they have ever named 11 honorees.
Likewise, do not look for "Theory of Everything" as it is not an American Film. But, "The Imitation Game" is. Rules are rules, after all. Here is how they describe it. They noted: "...honorees are selected based on works which best advance the art of the moving image, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America's art form, inspire audiences and artists alike, and/or make a mark on American society."
The key here is American culture, as noted in a release. "We celebrate these films and television programs as more than just milestones in a year of excellence." said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. "They are a part of our American cultural heritage – collectively, a new chapter in the story of the art form and of our nation."
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
“American Sniper”
“Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
“Boyhood”
“Foxcatcher”
“Interstellar”
“Into the Woods”
“Nightcrawler”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“Unbroken”
“Whiplash”
Notes: "The Imitation Game" does qualify as an American film as it is British-American. The list is solid and even includes "Selma," "Unbroken," "American Sniper" and "Into the Woods," which come out on Christmas. "Nightcrawler" creeps in here and that may raise of few eyebrows.
AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
“Fargo”
“Game of Thrones”
“How to Get Away With Murder”
“Jane the Virgin”
“The Americans”
“The Knick”
“Mad Men”
“Orange Is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”
“Transparent”
Notes: Looking at the broadcast networks and, ouch, as only two shows reside there. That would be "Jane the Virgin" and "How to Get Away With Murder." The broadcast networks still, on average, have more viewers, but those cable outlets take over every now and then. Netflix is changing the rules and will, ratings wise.
The luncheon will be held in Los Angeles on Jan. 9.
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