AFI Reveals Top Films and TV Programs for 2016

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The American Film Institute announced their top 10 American films and top 10 American TV programs for 2016. The list includes fan favorite TV show of nostalgia like Stranger Things as well as breakout NBC drama This is Us.  On the film side of things, awards season favorites Moonlight and La La Land landed on the list.

As the AFI Awards states, the official selections are a “culturally and artistically significant” art in the moving image realm. The awards are scheduled for a “noncompetitive atmosphere” on Jan. 6, 2017.

This year’s juries were chaired by producers and 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 award-winning artists such as Elizabeth Banks, Robert Benton, Diane English, Jon Hamm, Michelle King, Lori McCreary, Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006) and Patricia Riggen; renowned authors and scholars representing prestigious universities with recognized motion picture arts and television programs; film historians Mark Harris and Leonard Maltin; the AFI Board of Trustees; and film and television critics from media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, MTV News, Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Variety and more.

Other honorees include the Amy Adams sci-fi drama Arrival, Denzel Washington’s Fences, the FX espionage drama The Americans as well as Atlanta with Donald Glover. The full list of can be read below. 

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR

ARRIVAL
FENCES
HACKSAW RIDGE
HELL OR HIGH WATER
LA LA LAND
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
SILENCE
SULLY
ZOOTOPIA

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

THE AMERICANS
ATLANTA
BETTER CALL SAUL
THE CROWN
GAME OF THRONES
THE NIGHT OF
THE PEOPLE V O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
STRANGER THINGS
THIS IS US
VEEP

AFI SPECIAL AWARD

O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA

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