AFI Names Top Films, TV Shows of 2012

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The American Film Institute this week issued its annual, unranked top ten lists for both films and TV shows, not significantly breaking with the critical consensus on either list.

The film list consisted of Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” Benh Zeitlan’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables,” Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Aside from Nolan’s Batman finale, all of the films have been mainstays of critical lists so far in December.

On the TV side, AFI chose FX’s American Horror Story, AMC’s Breaking Bad, HBO’s TV movie Game Change, HBO’s Girls, Showtime’s Homeland, FX’s Louie, AMC’s Mad Men, ABC’s Modern Family and AMC’s The Walking Dead. Of those Modern Family was the lone network TV representative.


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