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AFI Awards: Avatar and Top Gun Sequels Make the Cut Along With TV Shows The Bear and The White Lotus

The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the recipient of this year’s AFI Awards, which honor 10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding TV shows deemed culturally and artistically representative of 2022’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image. An additional honoree was selected for an AFI Special Award, designated for works of excellence that fall outside of the eligibility criteria for the AFI Awards.

“AFI Awards shines a light upon excellence in storytelling and the collaborators who bring these stories to the screen,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “This year, more than ever, celebrating the community of artists that realize these dreams is particularly meaningful — as they have lifted our spirits through the most challenging of times and proven the power of this great art form.”

Honorees will gather on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, for recognition at the AFI Awards’ annual private luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Here are this year’s honorees for film and television:

The Fabelmans
Gabriel LaBelle in The Fabelmans/Universal Pictures

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR

Avatar: The Way of Water

Elvis

Everything Everywhere All at Once

The Fabelmans

Nope

She Said

TÁR

Top Gun: Maverick

The Woman King

Women Talking

The Bear
Jeremy Allen White, Lionel Boyce, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach in The Bear/FX

AFI TELEVISION PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

Abbott Elementary

The Bear

Better Call Saul

Hacks

Mo

Pachinko

Reservation Dogs

Severance

Somebody Somewhere

The White Lotus

AFI SPECIAL AWARD

The Banshees of Inisherin

The Banshees of Inisherin
Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell in The Banshees of Inisherin/Searchlight Pictures

AFI Awards celebrates film and television arts’ collaborative nature and is the only national program that honors creative teams as a whole, recognizing those in front of and behind the camera. All of the honored works advance the art of the moving image, inspire audiences and artists alike, and enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form. When placed in a historical context, these stories provide a complex and rich visual record of our modern world.

AFI Awards selections are made through a jury process where AFI Trustees, artists, critics, and scholars determine the year’s most outstanding achievements and provide artistic and cultural context for the selection of each honoree.

This year’s juries — one for film and one for television — featured acclaimed artists including W. Kamau Bell, Colman Domingo, Siân Heder, Brad Ingelsby, Marti Noxon, Mario Van Peebles; renowned film historians L.S. Kim, Akira Mizuta Lippit, Leonard Maltin and Robert Thompson; members of the AFI Board of Trustees; film critics Janet Maslin, Shawn Edwards from the African American Film Critics Association, and film and television critics from outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Salon, TV Guide, and The Washington Post.

The juries were chaired by AFI Board of Trustees member Jeanine Basinger (Chair Emerita and Founder of the Film Studies Department, Wesleyan University) and AFI Board of Trustees Vice Chair Richard Frank (former Chairman of Walt Disney Television, President of Walt Disney Studios, President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences).

The 2022 recipients join a distinguished group of previous AFI Awards honorees whose works define the art form and contribute to our rich cultural legacy. Click here to view past AFI Awards honorees.

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