AFI releases 2012 ‘Top 10’ movies list

Posted: December 11, 2012 in Movies

Like I’ve said before, we’re kicking into the height of film awards season and that point is proved by none other than the American Film Institute, who issued their yearly Top 10 films list.

The AFI is just another clue in piecing together the likely Academy Award contenders, however this year’s list is especially odd because it includes a film that isn’t on most watch lists.

Here are the selections:


– Beasts of the Southern Wild

– The Dark Knight Rises

– Django Unchained

– Les Miserables

– Life of Pi

– Lincoln

– Moonrise Kingdom

– Silver Linings Playbook

– Zero Dark Thirty

Did you catch the outcast?  Yep, it’s The Dark Knight Rises.  I’m not saying it wasn’t a great movie, because it was, although why would TDKR get nominated when the superior film in the trilogy – The Dark Knight – did not?  However, and this is a long shot, the Academy could through Christopher Nolan a bone by nominating TDKR for Best Picture (don’t worry, it won’t win) sort of an achievement nod for his revisionist work on The Dark Knight Trilogy.  Think of it as the Lord of the Rings treatment where Return of the King won the Best Picture Oscar even though it was technically the worst film of that particular trilogy.

Considering Melissa McCarthy was nominated for Best Supporting Actress last year for her role in the raunchy comedy Bridesmaids, I’d say anything is possible.  The rest of the list is pretty on par for what we’ve seen so far from other critics groups.  The only movie on that list (other than TDKR) that I don’t really think has a chance to get nominated for Best Picture is Moonrise Kingdom, but that’s just me.   You could take out TDKR and add The Master and you’d might be spot on for the list of Best Picture nominations we’ll hear in January.

I’ll keep you all posted.


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