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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Awards - American Film Institute (AFI)

The AFI has announced their top tens for both film and television. Back at the beginning of the 2000s, they used to do an awards also, but since has returned back to their top ten ways. Here are their winners this year...

  • Bridesmaids
    • Bridesmaids marches down the aisle of American comedy with a vow to make you laugh long and loud. Kristen Wiig's comic star shines bright as her and Annie Mumolo's ingenious script upends the wedding dream myth by capturing the horror of being named Maid of Honor. raunchy and uproarious, the fiercely funny ensemble is guided with a sure hand by director Paul Feig, and Melissa McCarthy's explosive turn marks her arrival as a true original.
  • The Descendants
    • The Descendants paints a richly convincing family portrait at once painfully funny and profoundly poignant. Alexander Payne's strikingly original film balances the intimacy of family tragedy with the expansive politics of dynastic inheritance in the year's most human comedy. With the weight of paradise on his shoulders, George Clooney delivers an eccentrically elegant turn as the reluctant patriarch who must come to terms with how to let go and when to hold on.
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo invites audiences into a cold, forbidding world of family secrets and implores them to help solve the mystery. Director David Fincher brings Steig Larsson's novel to dazzling, dark and disturbing life that pulses with cinematic pleasure. From the astounding opening credits until the harrowing journey ends, Fincher leads a stellar cast including Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer and Rooney Mara, who carves the name "Lisbeth Salander" atop the list of 2011's most transcendent performances.
  • The Help
    • The Help is an intimate epic that measures the cultural divide in the American south at a critical moment in the nation's march toward racial harmony. Tate Taylor's film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestseller soars above and beyond stereotypes to illustrate how tolerance is taught, not inherited. Measured and moving performances by Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain help make The Help remind us that movies can be smart, movies can be kind and movies can be important.
  • Hugo
    • Hugo unlocks the hearts of all who love the movies with a key forged by grand illusionist Martin Scorsese,. The film beckons audiences into a world of wonder through the eyes of a young hero, a world alive in new ways through Robert Richardson's resplendent use of 3D. This dazzling adventure is also a meditation on life and  loss, deeply rooted in the powerful role movies play in our reality. With a proper tip of the beret to early pioneers Harold Lloyd and George Melies, we are reminded that each film is a gift, and that when the masters intone, "Come dream with me," through the magic of the movies, we do.
  • J. Edgar
    • J. Edgar illuminates the dark corners of America's past with an ambition only attainable by an American master like Clint Eastwood. Armed with an impassioned script by Dustin Lance Black, Eastwood presents an intimate portrait of FBI Chief Hoover while moving effortlessly back and forth through time and in and out of shadows. Leonardo DiCaprio gives meaning to a monster in a towering performance that digs beneath Hoover's G-man public image to the private man who kept a nation's secrets while zealously guarding his own.
  • Midnight in Paris
    • Midnight in Paris offers a champagne toast to those who live in the present, but dream of an ideal past. Owen Wilson charms in this enchanting, post-dated postcard from the City of Lights, a stroke-of-midnight fantasy that brings to life Fitzgerald, Picasso, Hemingway and Belle Epoch figures like Degas and Lautrec. Sparkling and literate, this Francophile fantasia reminds us how lucky we are to be living in the Golden Age of Woody Allen.
  • Moneyball
    • Moneyball scores with a winning combination of sports and smarts. There's nothing by-the-numbers in this ultimate inside-baseball movie, a story driven home by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin's classic underdog script with a a fresh, statistical twist. MVP performances by Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill and controlled direction by Bennett Miller celebrate the spirit of a maverick manager who believes that how we play the game of our lives is as important as winning.
  • The Tree of Life
    • The Tree of Life is an awe-inspiring, cinematic miracle. Terrence Malick's meditation on mortality is testament to the motion picture's deep roots in poetry -- that images and words together can embody life. Emmanuel Lubezki's stunning visuals and compelling performances by Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and young Hunter McCracken embrace humanity in this tale of the cosmic and the microscopic. Ultimately, Malick forges a path between nature and grace, and generations will be held spellbound under the watch of his creation.
  • War Horse
    • War Horse advances Steven Spielberg's gallant charge into the history of American film. A masterpiece from foal to finish, the film is an epic odyssey of friendship against all odds. Marked by a driving intensity in each scene -- from the plowing of a field to the battlefields of World War I -- this is grand scale filmmaking in the tradition of John Ford and David Lean, but presented with a brave and bold emotion only imaginable from Spielberg and his talented team. War Horse is proof that miracles can happen.
Special Awards are also being given to The Artist and the entire Harry Potter series.
  • Breaking Bad
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Wife
  • Homeland
  • Justified
  • Louie, C.K.
  • Modern Family
  • Parks and Recreation

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