Christopher Nolan - Batman The Dark Knight Rises Lands Spot on AFI Best Film List
In the run up to The Oscars, as awards season is in full swing, a mention by The American Film Institute in their top 10 films of the year represents a confidence boost for the respective directors and actors hoping to pick up that much coveted gold statue.
One of these films in the last instalment of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy: The Dark Knight Rises, which isn't totally void of Oscar buzz, but is very much considered to be an outsider. Being selected in the list doesn't guarantee anything, but it certainly revitalises the flame for films that were released earlier in the year.
Given the stellar list of movies, it's hard to see how Dark Knight... will prevail. Even if it's nominated, it'll more than likely face stiff competition from Life of Pi, Lincoln and Ben Affleck's Argo.
Conversely, The Master's exclusion from the list, as well as Looper's, will serve as a pertinent reminder that nothing is certain come Oscar season. Here is the full list of the AFI's choices, as well as their TV picks for your delectations. Let us know if you agree or disagree with any of their decisions (but bear in mind they're in alphabetical order).
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Dark Knight Rises
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
American Horror Story
Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead