Monday, January 30, 2023

The American Film Institute’s (AFI) Top 10 Films Of 2022

The American Film Institute (AFI) has officially announced their list of the Top 10 best films of 2022. Historically, their picks tend to line up with the nominees for Best Picture with 6-8 films overlapping (88/116 over the last 13 years resulting in a 75% average). Here are their 10 films this year…

AFI Movies of the Year
Avatar: The Way of Water” (20th Century Studios)
Elvis” (Warner Bros.)
Everything Everywhere All at Once” (A24)
The Fabelmans” (Universal Pictures)
Nope” (Universal Pictures)
She Said” (Universal Pictures)
Tár” (Focus Features)
Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount Pictures)
The Woman King” (Sony Pictures)
Women Talking” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)

AFI Television Programs of the Year
“Abbott Elementary” (ABC)
“The Bear” (FX)
Better Call Saul” (AMC)
“Hacks” (HBO Max)
“Mo” (Netflix)
Pachinko” (Apple TV+)
“Reservation Dogs” (FX)
Severance” (Apple TV+)
“Somebody Somewhere” (HBO)
“The White Lotus” (HBO)

AFI Special Award
The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures)

Here are the other winners since the Best Picture field expanded to 10 nominees (and sliding after) and how many times the AFI 10 lined up with the Academy…

AFI TOP 10 2009 (5 out of 10)
Coraline
The Hangover
The Hurt Locker
The Messenger
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
A Serious Man

A Single Man
Sugar
Up
Up in the Air

​AFI TOP 10 2010 (9 out of 10)
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The Social Network

The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

AFI TOP 10 2011 (7 out of 9)
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 TOP 10 2012 (8 out of 9)
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

​AFI TOP 10 2013 (7 out of 9)
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Fruitvale Station
Gravity
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Saving Mr. Banks
The Wolf of Wall Street

​AFI TOP 10 2014 (6 out of 8)
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Nightcrawler
Selma
Unbroken
Whiplash

AFI TOP 10 2015 (6 out of 8)
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Carol
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Room
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Straight Outta Compton

AFI TOP 10 2016 (7 out of 9)
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Silence
Sully
Zootopia

AFI TOP 10 2017 (7 out of 9)
The Big Sick
Call Me By Your Name
Dunkirk
The Florida Project
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Wonder Woman

AFI TOP 10 2018 (5 out of 8)
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Eighth Grade
The Favourite
First Reformed
Green Book
If Beale Street Could Talk
Mary Poppins Returns
A Quiet Place
A Star Is Born

​AFI TOP 10 2019 (7 out of 9)
1917
The Farewell
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Knives Out
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Richard Jewell

AFI TOP 10 2020 (6 out of 8)
Da 5 Bloods
Judas and the Black Messiah
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Minari
Nomadland
One Night in Miami…
Soul
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

AFI TOP 10 2021 (8 out of 10)
CODA
Don’t Look Up
Dune
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley
The Power Of The Dog
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The Tragedy Of Macbeth
West Side Story

So what are your thoughts? Which of these films do you think will be nominated for Best Picture? Please let us know your thoughts on our Twitter account. Click here for more important upcoming dates this awards season and here for the most recent tally of awards season winners for the current year.

Matt Neglia
Matt Negliahttps://nextbestpicture.com/
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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