Gold Rush: AFI’s Top Movies & TV Of 2011

The American Film Institute has released its list of the ten best films and TV programs of the year.

Read on below…

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR

Bridesmaids
The Descendants
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Help
Hugo
J. Edgar
Midnight In Paris
Moneyball
The Tree Of Life
War Horse

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Game Of Thrones
The Good Wife
Homeland
Justified
Louie
Modern Family
Parks And Recreation

AFI SPECIAL AWARDS

The Artist
The Harry Potter series

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As expected, AFI’s list of films is pretty Hollywood-friendly. Mostly safe choices. The edgiest film on there is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, while films that received lukewarm reviews such as J. Edgar and The Help still made the cut. It may come as a bit of a surprise that the silent film throwback The Artist isn’t included, since that seems tailor-made for AFI — but it’s ineligible (it is the American Film Institute, after all). What this really means is more good news for the much-praised The Descendants, Hugo, The Tree Of Life, and War Horse, and to a slightly lesser extent, The Help and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo as Oscar contenders.

As for TV, well, any list that recognizes Breaking Bad is all right by me.

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