December 09, 2013 12:00pm PT by Scott Feinberg
AFI Reveals Its Top 10 Films, TV Shows of 2013
What do the film 12 Years a Slave and the TV series Orange Is the New Black share? Not a lot, but both will be among the honorees at the 2013 AFI Awards, which were announced today.
The AFI Awards, presented each year by the American Film Institute, highlight 10 films and TV shows "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 selections are determined by a jury of AFI members, scholars, film and television artists, critics and AFI Trustees.
This year's 10 film honorees are American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Fruitvale Station, Gravity, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street. The 10 TV programs selected are The Americans, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Mad Men, Masters of Sex, Orange Is the New Black, Scandal and Veep.
The creative ensembles from each of the productions will be celebrated at a luncheon on Jan. 10 in Los Angeles, at which clips of the honorees will be shown and justifications for their selection will be read.
"[The] 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's president and CEO, in a statement. "Acknowledging their collective contributions to America's rich cultural legacy is both AFI's national mandate -- and honor."
On the film side, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Saving Mr. Banks and The Wolf of Wall Street were widely expected to make the list. Fruitvale Station, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska were less sure bets, so their inclusion is certainly noteworthy -- as is the exclusion of All Is Lost, August: Osage County, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club and Lee Daniels' The Butler. (Last year, eight of the eventual nine best picture Oscar nominees were among AFI's top 10 films.)
As for TV, it is noteworthy that several new shows -- The Americans, House of Cards, Masters of Sex and Orange Is the New Black -- claimed spots, while several shows that made the AFI's top 10 list last year -- American Horror Story (last year's installment was the most Emmy-nominated show of the year), Girls, Homeland, Louie, Modern Family and The Walking Dead -- along with the popular Big Bang Theory and the acclaimed Downton Abbey, did not.