When it comes to prestigious award-giving bodies for movie and television media, the American film Institute (AFI) is not one of those big glitzy occasions like the Oscars, Emmys or Golden Globes. Still, it has an influential clout all its own, being a film organization brought into being by a Presidential mandate, with the aim of honoring and preserving the unique motion picture heritage of America. Composed of top personages in movie, entertainment, business and academic quarters, it seeks to education aspiring filmmakers and catalog motion picture history, among others. Now, its list of honorees for 2018 has been announced.
CNN reports that the AFI has made known its annual roster, for this year, of the films that have been judged by its constituent jury as having made the most outstanding achievements in film and television for 2018. After reviewing a wide variety of movies and television series that premiered or aired throughout the year, the AFI has decided to award honors to quite the number of expected choices. No less than two of the 2018 AFI honorees also came from the Disney media juggernaut, and they are joined by one film from their longtime rival Warner Bros. Pictures starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.
Disney’s AFI honorees of the year include Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” starring Chadwick Boseman, which premiered in February, and the partly-animated musical “Mary Poppins Returns” with Emily Blunt, which already had a world premiere last November ahead of the main one this December. To them, Warner Bros. answers with the surprise hit romantic musical “A Star is Born”. Rounding out the movie category for the 2018 AFI is the post-apocalyptic horror thriller “A Quiet Place” from Paramount, as well as “BlacKkKlansman,” “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “Green Book”, “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “The Favourite”.
On the television half, the AFI has particularly left out some big-name TV series such as Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the soon-concluding HBO fantasy epic “Game of Thrones”. Without them, FX network gets the lion’s share of honors with “Atlanta”, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”, “Pose” and the already-finished “The Americans”. Almost every TV format – broadcast, cable and streaming – are represented, with AMC’s “Better Call Saul”, Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” HBO’s “Barry” and “Succession,” Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method,” and NBC’s “This is Us”. These and the film honorees above will be accorded their dues at a luncheon event to be hosted by AFI in January.
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