AFI 2023 Film and TV Awards: Barbenheimer and Indies Make The List

The American Film Institute (AFI) has recently announced its top picks for the best films and television shows of the year, showcasing a dynamic mix of mainstream hits and independent gems. This year’s list includes a range of titles, from the visually striking “Barbie” to the intellectually stimulating “Oppenheimer,” reflecting the diverse tastes and trends in contemporary filmmaking and TV production.

Films: A Mixture of Styles and Stories

The AFI Awards for films this year have recognized a variety of works that span across different genres and storytelling approaches. Notable among them are:

  • “American Fiction”
  • “Barbie”: A visual spectacle that has caught the eye of both critics and audiences.
  • “The Holdovers”
  • “Killers of the Flower Moon”
  • “Maestro”
  • “May December”
  • “Oppenheimer”: A cerebral offering that delves into complex themes.
  • “Past Lives”
  • “Poor Things”
  • “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”

These films represent a blend of Hollywood blockbusters and independent films, showcasing the industry’s broad spectrum of creativity and innovation.

Television: Celebrating the Small Screen

On the television front, the AFI Awards have recognized several outstanding series, including:

  • “Abbott Elementary”
  • “The Bear”
  • “Beef”
  • “Jury Duty”
  • “The Last of Us”
  • “The Morning Show”
  • “Only Murders in the Building”
  • “Poker Face”
  • “Reservations Dogs”
  • “Succession”
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These series highlight the rich storytelling and character development that television offers, often rivaling their cinematic counterparts in depth and complexity.

A Celebration of Artistic Achievement

The honorees will be celebrated at a private reception on January 12, 2024, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. This event, known for its intimate and non-competitive nature, draws the biggest names in Hollywood, both from creative and industry circles.

AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale emphasized the importance of these works in challenging times, stating, “AFI is honored to shine a proper light upon these works of art that lift us up and, ultimately, lead us to empathy.” He also noted the significance of celebrating these achievements as a unified artistic community.

Jury’s Selection Process

The AFI Awards selections are made by a jury that includes AFI trustees, artists, critics, and scholars. This diverse group ensures a holistic evaluation, honoring creative teams in their entirety and recognizing the collaborative effort of both those in front of and behind the camera.

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