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Here Are the AFI AWARDS 2015 Official Selections

It’s once again time for AFI AWARDS, an annual celebration of outstanding achievements in the moving image arts that recognizes the year’s most culturally and artistically significant works of both film and television. And what a stellar year it has been.

AFI AWARDS aren’t like other accolades about the art form — they acknowledge the importance of the collaborative nature of film and TV production and bring together the community’s creative teams, both in front of and behind the camera.

As chosen by the jury, the 10 most outstanding movies and 10 most outstanding television programs of 2015 are:

MOVIES OF THE YEAR

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

TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

THE AMERICANS
BETTER CALL SAUL
BLACK-ISH
EMPIRE
FARGO
GAME OF THRONES
HOMELAND
MASTER OF NONE
MR. ROBOT
UNREAL

AFI SPECIAL AWARD

MAD MEN

The landmark series MAD MEN, which aired its final episodes this year, has been recognized with an AFI Special Award for its contributions to America’s cultural legacy. During its run, the series made the AFI AWARDS list a total of seven times — more than any other TV program in the history of the awards.

Honorees will gather on January 8, 2016 at the AFI AWARDS private luncheon, a noncompetitive and intimate event where AFI will reveal the jury rationales for each selection.

Comments (25)

Peter

How is it that “Mad Max:Fury Road” has been classified as American. It has just won the AACTA Award, the premier film award in Australia, as their best Australian film of the year. The only significant American creative or production values I can see is Warner Bros financing the film. Providing the money does not make it American. The whole Mad Max series of films have always been regarded as indisputably from the creative and film culture in Australia.



    Philippe Ostiguy

    By award standards, the home country of the financing/production determines the origin of the film. It is widely acknowledged as an American/Australian co-production, despite its undoubtedly Australian roots.



      Peter

      These awards in particular and the AFI in general are there to recognize and preserve American culture and creative excellence, not just who in the cinematic world has the financial clout. As a hypothetical, if “Bridge of Spies” was financed by European money would it then follow that it would be classified as a European film. It wouldn’t and it shouldn’t as it’s origins and creative proponents are distinctly American.



    Heinzwill

    I think it’s because it was released in the US? But that wouldn’t explain why The King’s Speech wasn’t included because it was a British-produced film.



    alex

    completely agree with you peter



Victor

No Hannibal? Just lost all credibility to me.



Bernadine Shelbourne

Hannibal???? really???? wow



MHJ

No Hannibal? This list is worthless.



Eric

Black-ish but not Hannibal…. Riiiight….



    Thomas

    Eric…Have you ever seen Black-ish… Probably not!!!



Daniel B

FARGO is a work of genius.



susan

Having just experienced “The Revenant”, I am surprised and disappointed it is not on this list–
It is a piece of tour de force filmmaking unlike anything in decades—a masterpiece.



Mario C

Came looking for he Leftovers, left disappointed.



Elizabeth

I don’t watch “Hannibal” so can’t comment on its omission, but I’m thrilled that “black-ish” is on the TV list. Its combination of social commentary and being flat-out funny is refreshing!



Tim

Hard to believe people are voting on movies they have yet to see because they haven’t been released nationally yet?



    Angela

    The jurors for AFI Awards are given the opportunity to view all the films in advance of their release date through private screenings. This year’s announcement was even pushed out to accommodate STAR WARS so that the jurors could vote on it after viewing it.



Rebekah Karkos

What about “Outlander” for a tv show???



Ariana Fulginiti

The farewell of MAD MEN has been very tough to take…have been an ARDENT fan since the beginning because we’ve never quite — on the TV landscape — witnessed an odyssey such as the one Don Draper (as portrayed by the enigmatic and elegant Jon Hamm) took us through with his complicated character. Delighted AFI has decided to confer its SPECIAL AWARD on this show which sh/could have proceeded for another decade. Why can’t THESE awards presentation be televised? As AFI’s Jury Selected Movie List…while I totally agree with ROOM, SPOTLIGHT (and probably THE BIG SHORT), Why weren’t TRUMBO, THE DANISH GIRL and especially JOY featured on this list??? AFI should try to ensure — if it wants to draw in more dues paying members for contributions and etc — that more of its ceremonies are booked as a television outing for those of us who are craft and film driven and follow the discussion threads from your organization and all the other craft — not tabloid and celebrity-driven — shows on the subject. How short-sighted is that?? Ariana Fulginiti



Michael

Hannibal was good season 1. This season was not very good.



Brod

Though I agree that Hannibal is a great series, I’m not quite sure it deserves to be in the Top 10, especially after this last season. It decided to go full art-house, which I think made it lacking in other areas. Still hope Netflix or someone else will pick it up.



Diane A

I expected Steve Jobs. Some knocked it for not making a great deal of money but neither are two other nominated films–it’s not about the money. It’s about the quality of the acting and Fassbender and Winslett and others were exceptional.



Kinopanorama Widescreen Preservation Association, Inc.

The omission of Tarentino’s “The Hateful Eight” is inexplicable, rendering the other nominees somewhat less valid. Politics obviously.



Julie

There are several,shows on here I haven’t watched but, in my opinion, The Americans is the best show on television.



M.C.K

The Revenant is not in the here. Why??


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