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article imageAFI: '12 Years a Slave,' 'Scandal' among best list for 2013

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 9, 2013 in Entertainment
The American Film Institute announced their top 10 films and movies for 2013 and the list is impressive, to say the least.
When the AFI announces their best for the year, it often means something deeper. Why? They distinguish themselves as honoring the "art of the moving image."
They also use the phrase, "deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year's most significant achievements in the art of the moving image."
"AFI awards is a moment for the most accomplished storytellers of 2013 to pause and be appreciated – not as competitors, but as a community," said Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO. "
That noted, the films still seem to coincide with many other critic lists. The aim is to put a mark on what is good made in America and will, or at least should, leave a lasting impression. They honor both film and television with their annual list, now 14 years in the making.
"12 Years a Slave"
"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Fruitvale Station"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Saving Mr. Banks"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
"The Americans"
"Breaking Bad"
"Game of Thrones"
"The Good Wife"
"House of Cards"
"Mad Men"
"Masters of Sex"
"Orange Is the New Black"
Some quick takeaways from the list include "Her" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" on the film side and Netflix on the TV front. "Her" is now emerging and is looking to play the spoiler role for the front-runner status of a few films. First it was "Gravity" then "12 Years a Slave." Enter "Her" and "American Hustle" now. Not to mention "The Wolf of Wall Street." Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese team up again and get this one in under the wire. It seems like Scorsese is determined to get DiCaprio an Oscar. It is shaping up to be an interesting award season with these late additions.
Meanwhile, critics are weighing in. Even though there are way too many of them, some garner more attention, like those based in New York and Los Angeles. The L.A. critics gave their top prize to two films. Yes, a tie with "Her" and "Gravity." For a roundup so far, head here.
"Her" stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson (in voice only). Spike Jonze wrote and directed this tale of a writer and his relationship with his operating system. Movies about computers are a head-scratcher, but some like them.
On the AFI TV front, Netflix scores with two shows, "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black." Signaling a new avenue of watching shows, Netflix is disrupting the status quo, even more than cable did years ago. Plus, only two shows, "Scandal" on ABC and "The Good Wife" on CBS, hail from the broadcast networks.
In the end, it is the culture that is honored. "Acknowledging their collective contributions to America's rich cultural legacy is both AFI's national mandate – and our honor," added Gazzale, in a released statement.
The AFI awards will be presented at a luncheon on Jan. 10, 2014 in Los Angeles.
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