The American Film Institute (AFI’s) has released its list of the Top 10 Movies and TV Programs of 2019 and thus kickstarting the race for the Best Picture for upcoming Awards season. The Irishman is gaining the momentum with its win for the Best Picture at National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle, and ensuring at least the nomination for the Best Picture at Academy Awards in 2020. Not far behind is the winner of the Best Picture at Gotham Awards – Marriage Story that is all probability should clinch a nomination.
Not so surprisingly, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, Sam Mendes’ 1917, Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell have made the cut on the AFI’s unranked top 10 list. Taika Waititi’s controversial film – JoJo Rabbit, winner of TIFF People’s Choice Award, has found a place for itself in the list.
Missing out on the AFI’s top 10 does not necessarily mean a given film should be ruled out of the Academy’s Best Picture race, as omissions didn’t stop foreign-produced titles like 2011’s The Artist and 2010s The King’s Speech — both of which were honoured with special AFI awards, as the Mexican-made Roma was last year — from winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
AFI top 10 movies of 2019 (listed alphabetically):
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
AFI top 10 TV shows of 2019 (listed alphabetically):
Game of Thrones
When They See Us
Special award: Fleabag
Ranked: Every International Feature Film Submitted for 92nd Academy Awards 2020