The American Film Institute has revealed its annual winners of AFI Awards, hailing the best of film and television for 2018. And both categories include critical darlings, fan favorites, and names that should already sound familiar to those who closely follow awards season.
It's still incredibly early, but it appears that Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" is currently the film to beat at the Academy Awards. The film was singled out by AFI for a special award, which the group explained is "designated for a work of excellence outside the Institute’s criteria for American film." When the AFI creates a category for you, you know you're good.
According to Deadline, the AFI Awards and the Academy Awards usually align their Best Picture candidates, and the group selected by the AFI this year is certainly brimming with Oscar hopefuls. Among them are commercial successes like "Black Panther," "A Quiet Place," and "A Star Is Born," which scored with both audiences and critics alike.
On the television side, fan favorite "This Is Us" earned a slot among the year's best, including the final season of "The Americans" and the debut of Ryan Murphy's critically-acclaimed "Pose." As with the film side, expect many of these series to see their names called again when the 2019 Emmys roll around.
The full lists of honorees are below. Awards will be presented during a ceremony in January.
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR:
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
MARY POPPINS RETURNS
A QUIET PLACE
A STAR IS BORN
AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR:
THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
BETTER CALL SAUL
THE KOMINSKY METHOD
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
THIS IS US
AFI SPECIAL AWARD:
After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people. Read More