AFI Names Best Movies and TV Series of 2012

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"Dark Knight Rises," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" join awards season favorites "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Lincoln," but Weinstein Co.'s "The Master" is snubbed.

The American Film Institute on Monday announced its selections for the 2012 AFI Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in film and TV.

Among its unranked selections for the 10 best movies of the year are Oscar front-runners LincolnArgo, Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty and Silver Linings Playbook. Also chosen: Moonrise Kingdom, Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Dark Knight Rises. But the institute had no love for The Weinstein Co.'s The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's period drama loosely based on the beginnings of Scientology.

In the TV category, AMC's Mad Men was selected for a fifth time, making it the most recognized AFI Awards winner in TV. ABC's Modern Family and AMC's Breaking Bad both made the list for a fourth time. Newcomers include HBO's Girls and FX's American Horror Story, while FX's Louie, AMC's The Walking Dead and Showtime's Homeland all made second appearances.

“AFI Awards celebrates America’s storytellers as collaborators,” , AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale said in a statement. “We are honored to bring together artists as a community, without competition, to acknowledge the gifts they have given the world in 2012.”

The awards will be handed out during an invitation-only luncheon Jan. 11 in Los Angeles.

The full list of winners is below.


Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty


American Horror Story
Breaking Bad
Game Change
Game of Thrones
Mad Men
Modern Family
The Walking Dead