AFI’s 2017 Movies That Advance The Art Of The Moving Image

AFIAwards2017_logoPress freedom movie “The Post,” gay romance “Call Me By Your Name,” World War Two film “Dunkirk” and superhero movie “Wonder Woman” were among 10 films of the year chosen by the American Film Institute (AFI) on Thursday, in a list likely to be echoed at Hollywood’s high-profile awards shows next year.

Racial psychological thriller “Get Out,” coming-of-age drama “Lady Bird,” fantasy romance “The Shape of Water,” romantic comedy “The Big Sick,” dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and social drama “The Florida Project” were also on the AFI’s annual list.

The AFI’s list is non-competitive with no overall winner. The movies are selected because they “advance the art of the moving image, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form, inspire audiences and artists alike and make a mark on American society,” the AFI said in a statement.

The list was announced as Hollywood’s awards season moves into high gear with nominations next week for the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards. Oscar nominations will be announced in January.

The AFI list covered a wide range of movies spanning personal, political, racial and women’s issues. “Lady Bird” and “Wonder Woman” are both directed by women, while “The Big Sick,” “The Shape of Water” and “Get Out” were written and directed by people of color.

The AFI also picked its top television shows of the year, with HBO’s medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones,” female-led drama “Big Little Lies,” Netflix’s 1980s science-fiction series “Stranger Things” and Hulu’s dystopian thriller “The Handmaid’s Tale” making the list.

Here are the 10 films being honored this year:
The Big Sick, Zoe Kazan, Kumail Nanjiani

Courtesy of Sundance Institute/Nicole Rivelli

Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name

Sony Pictures Classics

Harry Styles, Dunkirk

Courtesy Warner Brothers

The Florida Project

Marc Schmidt/A24

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Universal Pictures

Saiorse Ronan, Lady Bird


The Post

Niko Tavernise/20th Century Fox

The Shape of Water

Kerry Hayes/Fox Searchlight Pictures

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Merrick Morton/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Wonder Woman

Warner Bros.

Here are the 10 TV series being honored this year:
Big Little Lies finale


The Crown, Claire Foy, Matt Smith


Feud Bette and Joan, 2017 Emmys


The Good Place


Game of Thrones

Macall B. Polay/HBO

The Handmaid's Tale, Alexis Bledel


Insecure, 2017 Emmys


Master of None, 2017 Emmys


Stranger Things


Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, This Is Us

Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Honorees are selected based on works that “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,” according to the organization’s guidelines. Started 17 years ago, the AFI Awards recognizes creative teams both in front of and behind the camera.This year’s honorees will come together at an invitation-only luncheon on Jan. 5, 2018. Actor, director and producer George Clooney will receive the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award in July.

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