The American Film Institute has chimed in on the best films and television series of 2018. The annual AFI Awards are selected by juries consisting of artists, authors, film critics, television critics, and film historians. This year’s juries included Courtney B. Vance, Alfre Woodard, David Benioff, and Leonard Maltin, as well as critics from Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and Variety.
The film jury was chaired by AFI Board of Trustees Vice Chair Tom Pollock, former Vice Chairman of MCA, Chairman of Universal Pictures. Richard Frank (former Chairman of Walt Disney Television, President of Walt Disney Studios, President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) chaired the television jury.
Each year the AFI Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of 10 films and 10 television series the juries deem “culturally and artistically significant.” According to the American Film Institute, the chosen television shows and films were selected for advancing the art of the moving image, enhancing the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form, inspiring audiences and artists alike, and making a mark on American society.
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
BLACKKKLANSMAN directed by Spike Lee
BLACK PANTHER directed by Ryan Coogler
EIGHTH GRADE directed by Bo Burnham
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK directed by Barry Jenkins
THE FAVOURITE directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
FIRST REFORMED directed by Paul Schrader
GREEN BOOK directed by Peter Farrelly
MARY POPPINS RETURNS directed by Rob Marshall
A QUIET PLACE directed by John Krasinski
A STAR IS BORN directed by Bradley Cooper
AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
THE AMERICANS (FX)
THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)
BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC)
THE KOMINSKY METHOD (Netflix)
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (Amazon)
THIS IS US (NBC)
The AFI Awards film jury also chose to honor Roma with an AFI Special Award.