American Film Institute’s 2015 Top 10 Lists Include ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Game of Thrones’

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BB-8 and Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (Photo by David James © Lucasfilm 2015)

Each year the American Film Institute recognizes the best in feature films and television series with its AFI Awards, and this year they journeyed to a galaxy far, far away for one of the entries. While most critics groups voted on their annual awards before the press screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, apparently the American Film Institute held off long enough to take in The Force Awakens before issuing their list.

AFI also awarded Mad Men the AFI Special Award “acknowledging its landmark contributions to America’s cultural legacy across nine years. In the history of AFI AWARDS, no other television program has earned as many honors.”

Per the American Film Institute, the AFI Awards recognize creative teams rather than individual achievements. “Honorees are selected based on works that advance the art of the moving image, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form, inspire audiences and artists alike and make a mark on American society.”

AFI Movies of the Year – 2015

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Straight Outta Compton

AFI TV Programs of the Year

The Americans
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
Master of None
Mr. Robot