LOS ANGELES – The blockbusters “Inception” and “Toy Story 3,” the Facebook drama “The Social Network,” the heist thriller “The Town” and the Western “True Grit” are among the American Film Institute’s top 10 movies of the year.
Also on the AFI’s list Sunday were the ballet drama “Black Swan,” the boxing saga “The Fighter,” the lesbian-family tale “The Kids Are All Right,” the survival story “127 Hours” and the Ozarks crime thriller “Winter’s Bone.”
Unlike other film honors, AFI does not rank films or pick one as the year’s best. The filmmakers behind the top-10 choices will be honored at a luncheon Jan. 14.
The British monarchy drama “The King’s Speech,” an Academy Awards favorite, was ineligible because it is a British production, and the AFI awards honor films with largely American backing. But the AFI did present a special award to “The King’s Speech.”
Another special award went to the education documentary “Waiting for `Superman.'” It was ineligible for the AFI’s top 10, which honors narrative films.
This is the first time the honors included special awards, which allow the group to acknowledge “outstanding work outside the traditional AFI criteria,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI president.
The AFI also picked its top 10 TV programs of 2010: “The Big C,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “Glee,” “Mad Men,” “Modern Family,” “The Pacific,” “Temple Grandin,” “30 Rock” and “The Walking Dead.”
The top 10 lists were chosen by two 13-member panels, one each for movies and television.
For film, members included director Lee Daniels, writer Diablo Cody and critics Leonard Maltin, Claudia Puig and Lisa Schwarzbaum. For TV, members included actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, producer Steven Bochco and critics Mary McNamara, James Poniewozik and Matt Roush.
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