'Dark Knight Rises' But Not 'The Master' Make AFI's Top 10 of 2012
The end of the year is looming, and all the critics associations, guilds and more are starting to praise which films and performances they think are the best. Zero Dark Thirty took the top prize from the National Board of Review, and now the AFI Awards for 2012 have come through. Though they don't name a definitive winner for films, they have picked what they have decided are the ten best American films of the year. That means awards contenders like Skyfall and Amour, which are non-American productions, were not in consideration. Picks include The Dark Knight Rises, Django Unchained and more. Read on!
Here are AFI's picks for the ten best movies of 2012 via Indiewire:
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
LIFE OF PI
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
ZERO DARK THIRTY
Honestly, I cannot believe that The Dark Knight Rises made the cut. Where is Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master on this list? There's also Hitchcock, Killing Them Softly and The Perks of Being a Wallflower as solid contenders as well, and The Sessions is a better film than The Dark Knight Rises and didn't make the cut. Yes, it was a solid conclusion to Christopher Nolan's trilogy, but I don't think it's one of the 10 best American films of the year.
Could this be a preview of the films that could fill out all ten potential slots for Best Picture when the Oscar nominations come through, or will only some of them make it? All of the other picks from AFI this year are expected and unsurprising, and it's nice to see Beasts of the Southern Wild get some love, but we'll find out which films will be vying for Oscar goldwhen the nominations are announced on January 10th, 2013.