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Announcing the AFI AWARDS 2018 Honorees

The American Film Institute has named the honorees of AFI AWARDS 2018, celebrating the year’s most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image — with 10 films and 10 television programs deemed culturally and artistically significant.

In addition to the 20 honorees, AFI also recognizes ROMA with an AFI Special Award, designated for a work of excellence outside the Institute’s criteria for American film.

AFI AWARDS honorees are selected based on works that 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.


AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR

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 TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

THE AMERICANS
THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
ATLANTA
BARRY
BETTER CALL SAUL
THE KOMINSKY METHOD
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
POSE
SUCCESSION
THIS IS US


AFI SPECIAL AWARD

ROMA

Marking the 19th chapter in the American Film Institute’s ongoing almanac of the moving image, the 2018 entries join a notable group of previous AFI AWARDS honorees — works of significance that contribute to the rich cultural legacy and define the state of the art form. View all past AFI AWARDS honorees here.

AFI AWARDS selections are made through a jury process where AFI Trustees, scholars, artists and critics determine the year’s most outstanding achievements and provide contextual rationales for each selection.

This year’s juries — one for film and one for television — were chaired by AFI Board of Trustees Vice Chairs Tom Pollock (former Vice Chairman of MCA, Chairman of Universal Pictures) for film and Richard Frank (former Chairman of Walt Disney Television, President of Walt Disney Studios, President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) for television. The juries featured acclaimed artists such as David Benioff, Joan Chen, Courtney B. Vance and Alfre Woodard; renowned authors and scholars representing prestigious universities with recognized motion picture arts and television programs; film historian Leonard Maltin; the AFI Board of Trustees; and film and television critics from media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Vanity Fair, Variety and The Washington Post.

Honorees will gather on January 4, 2019, for recognition at the annual AFI AWARDS private luncheon in Los Angeles, CA — an event favored by the entertainment community for its informal intimacy and its inclusive acknowledgement of excellence. At the luncheon, AFI will present jury rationales providing artistic and cultural context for the selection of each honoree.

The AFI AWARDS luncheon will be sponsored by Audi, a supporter of AFI and its programs for the past 15 years. The AFI AWARDS luncheon is also sponsored by American Airlines, the official airline of AFI.

Comments (47)

Mark

What about Avengers: Infinity War? How is that not on the list?



    Jim

    It’s not very good.



      Melanie McQueen

      Amen



      AdamC.

      You’re right, it’s not ‘very good’, it’s great. Black Panther is on the list. Sorry not to be so PC. I’ll take Infinity War over lukewarm Green Book, way like, over-(like)rated, like, Eighth Grade. It’s, like, totally, not that good. Or Mary friggin’ Poppins. Sorry To Bother You is much better than those three, as is Annihilation, The Endless, and Private Life.



    jose gil

    really? best of the year infinity wars? laughable XD



      MW

      It’s better than Green Book. Of course most movies are better than that sanitized extremely dated (in focus and style and approach to racism, not talking about when the story took place) film. It may be unfair, but I automatically assume a person is deep down a racist if they think Green Book was great.



        MW

        Also, l did love A:IW. There are just other movies I’d put before it.
        A better substition for Green Book would be The Hate U Give or Blindspotting if you have a quota and/or maximum for movies that discuss racism, both are much better than Blackkklansman as well, though it’s main failing is Washington’s acting. (Also loved Sorry to Bother You, but it is a bit crazy.)



    Alan Sanborn

    You’re absolutely right. Infinity War was definitely one of the best films of the year.



      Elijah

      Infinity war is obviously not the kind of movie they would award. It’s a simple summer action blockbuster with not much depth, not saying it’s a bad film, I enjoyed it it’s just not for the afi.



Ilir Hyseni

Hoped for ‘First Man’ and ‘Vice’ to make the list.



    Alex

    Not really.



Sanat Dhall

Eigth Grade and The Favourite top my lists. Great list from from AFI!



Harris

Way to go, Disney. Black Panther and Mary Poppins Returns!



Peter Solari

What about THE ALIENIST 10 hour TV show? Beautifully produced, New York City, 1896! And Kenneth Branagh’s wonderful, new Shakespeare movie?



Marian Condon

A Star is Born!?! What? Ok, if you’ve seen any of the last 3 incarnations of that film, then you’ve seen this most recent one. AND I have not seen any of those 3 and I have seen this film. Left after the first hour. Boring and formulaic.



Kelly White

I’m at a loss on how Bohemian Rhapsody didn’t make this list.



    Ronan

    Not trying to be an asshole, but take the Queen music out of the movie and its a piece of garbage.



    Alan Sanborn

    Truly!



    Marc Huestis

    The movie is awful. Cliche ridden, poorly directed, no character development. The only surprise is that so many people love it. But whatever. It’s the era of Trump.



rrwaller

Any list that does not include the Starz series Counterpart is not valid.



James Allen

What about Christopher Robin?



Jaime Perry

I’m am always amazed at people’s comments when an institution makes the choices they make in feature films or television. And to be honest some of the comments are just downright unimaginative! Meaning they are not using the front part of their brains.



    Noona shathjawaaa

    Yes!! A STAR IS BORN!
    One of the best movie.
    Congratulation, Bradley Cooper! He did that! He did all the things. Directing, acting, writing, singing. Wow~



LES SOLOMON

I am in Australia , so it is impossible to have seen all of these films as yet. I am disappointed “Beautiful Boy”did not make the list, this film seems to have been very badly handled in the way it was released. I am at a loss as to why “A Star is Born” is there–without doubt the most over rated film of the last few years, it is the weakest of all the “Star is Born”movies, even the weak Streisand version.



DEEB

Great to see Green Book here – a film anyone in my family could see and after seeing could have a healthy discussion about film or about history or about race to name a few. Beautifully balanced film.



    MW

    Films about segregation shouldn’t be balanced. Both sides aren’t good or did you agree with Trump re: Charlottesville? Green Book is garbage.



      Hey Whatever

      You’re engaging in a one-person campaign against “Green Book” and the people who liked it more than you did. I’m pretty sure the person who said it was “balanced” was not meaning it was balanced in its treatment of segregation. Because obviously it wasn’t, and you know it wasn’t. And why would anyone make a film that was?



Larry Hopper

As usual the Gods who gather at the AFI water cooler have already decided the remaining month of 2018 will produce no films worthy of consideration. These are the same minds who most likely thought December 31, 1999 marked the end of the 20th century.



Thomas

Star is Born… overrated! First half was great then it descended into a VH1 Behind the Music episode. VICE should be in its place. On the tv side POSE…love that this is here. Amazing show!!!



Devon Lott

BLACKKKLANSMAN Great
BLACK PANTHER Great
EIGHTH GRADE Great
THE FAVOURITE Gotta see it
FIRST REFORMED Handsome Hawke’s return to form
GREEN BOOK My 1st Pick For Best Picture
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Definitely Gotta see it
MARY POPPINS RETURNS Awesome
A QUIET PLACE Great
A STAR IS BORN Meh ok Great Gaga Performance and Bradley first outing as a director.



Armen Pandola

I am convinced that awards for the best in film or TV should NOT be issued the year that these movies or shows are aired. I’d say that at least 5 years will give the proper perspective. To do it the same year is all about publicity. Think about it. Of course, AFI would have to get out of the movie/Tv promotion business and into the movie/TV preservation business – oh, wait, wait, it already is in that business.



Shirley Norkin

The best show is Ray Donovan much overlooked

You have to be kidding with Succession. It was
an overlong bore with awful people



Shannon Lynn

Thank you for choosing This Is Us. It’s an amazing show and I pray it runs for many years. Good entertainment without graphic scenes and violence.



Paula Figueroa

Congrats to The Krunts! (Emily Blunt & John Krasinski) I never thought I could ever love a horror film, and yet A Quiet Place left me speechless. John did a fantastic job by directing and co-writing the story. Also, Emily was superb on the film. Her acting was incredible. I can’t wait to see her on Mary Poppins Returns.



Bridgette

I agree with the comments about A Star Is Born.
I too nearly left after an hour of one of the slowest films I’ve seen. There was no need to do this film again and everything was unremarkable about this version.



Owen

It’s great to see some certain nominees, but A Star Is Born? A Quiet Place? Is that the best that they could freakin’ do? First Man, Blindspotting, Isle of Dogs, Sorry to Bother You and Mission: Impossible – Fallout were way better than both of those movies.



Lane

Daredevil deserved a spot on the best series of the year



Dmytro

What a shame for AFI! There are so many bad films in this list. For example, Black Panther, Mary Poppins and Star is Born it’s a phony! Unfortunately, mediocrity wins over common sense, true art and situation only gets worse every year…



Keith

I have not seen any of the Star is Born movies. I’ve heard some talk about the lasted but not the kind or amount that would qualify it for selection to the AFI list of or any other list of.



Noona shathjawaaa

Yes!! A STAR IS BORN!
One of the best movie.
Congratulation, Bradley Cooper! He did that! He did all the things. Directing, acting, writing, singing. Wow~



Ray Bartley

Could you explain why “Roma” is outside of your rules to be included in the list?
BTW..A good list in a very good year.



Mitchell Block, AMPAS, PGA, AFI CFA Alumni

I guess there were no appropriate docs or animated films?



Deborah

Outlander on Starz is the best series on TV. Best acting, best writing, best costumes, best sets.



Melanie McQueen

Why do people bring up obscure films or Tv shows that they think should have been nominated? Some of the ones mentioned here are very flat and one dimensional and just because some couch potato likes it it should qualify for AFI Recognition????? PLEASE!



Marcos Craveiro

Where is BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY ???



Wayne Menger

A small gem but worthy of mention, Love Simon.



Terri Eakins

I am pleased to see Denzel Washington get his due! Now what about Morgan Freeman I
did not see his name on the list of honorees and I believe he is a wonderful actor..


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