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AFI Awards: Top Films and TV Shows Include ‘Minari,’ ‘Nomadland,’ ‘Bridgerton’ and ‘Ted Lasso’

The American Film Institute has announced the AFI Awards’ recipients for 2020, the top ten films and TV shows “deemed culturally and artistically representative of this year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.”

The best films from this pandemic year were recognized with no big surprises among the 10 selections. Netflix garnered four of the ten slots for Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” George C. Wolfe’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” David Fincher’s “Mank” and Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

Another streaming giant, Amazon Studios, nabbed two spots for two first-time filmmakers – Regina King’s “One Night in Miami” and Darius Marder’s “Sound of Metal.”

The other four slots were spread among six studios: Shaka King’s “Judas and the Black Messiah” (HBO Max/Warner Bros.), “Minari” (A24) and “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures).

A big miss from the lineup is Emerald Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman” from Focus Features. Also, seemingly missing from the lineup is Paul Greengrass’ “News of the World,” Sofia Coppola’s “On the Rocks” and Kelly Reichardt’s “First Cow.”

On the television side of things, Netflix dominated that space as well, with “Bridgerton,” “The Crown,” “The Queen’s Gambit” and “Unorthodox,” all securing spots. The rest of the love was spread among AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” Showtime’s “The Good Lord Bird,” HBO Max’s “Lovecraft Country,” Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian,” Hulu’s “Mrs. America” and Apple TV Plus’ “Ted Lasso.”

The full lineup is below:

AFI Movies of the Year

  • “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
  • “Judas and the Black Messiah” (HBO Max/Warner Bros.)
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
  • “Mank” (Netflix)
  • “Minari” (A24)
  • “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
  • “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)
  • “Soul” (Pixar)
  • “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

AFI Television Programs of the Year

  • “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
  • “Bridgerton” (Netflix)
  • “The Crown” (Netflix)
  • “The Good Lord Bird” (Showtime)
  • “Lovecraft Country” (HBO Max)
  • “The Mandalorian” (Disney Plus)
  • “Mrs. America” (Hulu)
  • “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)
  • “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)
  • “Unorthodox” (Netflix)

AFI Special Award

  • “Hamilton” (Disney Plus)

The AFI Awards tributes will take place on Feb. 26 on AFI’s YouTube channel.

 




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