"Argo," "Lincoln," "Les Miserables," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty" are among the films on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 best films of 2012, the AFI announced on Monday.
Conspicuously missing from the list: Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," a critical favorite that once seemed to be a strong awards contender.
Other films singled out by the AFI include Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," the indies "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Moonrise Kingdom" and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," one of the last films to screen.
Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," also made the list.
Besides "The Master," other films not included include "Flight" and "The Sessions."
The AFI's list of top television shows includes "American Horror Story," "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones," "Girls," "Homeland," "Modern Family" and "Mad Men," whose inclusion on the list made it the most honored television show in AFI history. It has now appeared on the list five times.
Other television entries: "Game Change," Louie" and "The Walking Dead."
“AFI AWARDS celebrates America’s storytellers as collaborators,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO, in the press release announcing the awards. “We are honored to bring together artists as a community, without competition, to acknowledge the gifts they have given the world in 2012.”
The films and television shows will be honored at a luncheon on Friday, Jan. 11 in Los Angeles.
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
LIFE OF PI
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
ZERO DARK THIRTY
AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
GAME OF THRONES
THE WALKING DEAD