winners//2014 AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS

AWARDS COVERAGE



Each year the American Film Institute honors the best in American film and television by naming 10 outstanding pieces of work in each category. The American Film Institute is one of the oldest motion picture organizations, bent on preserving the history of motion pictures. I'm proud to be a member of this organization and look forward to voting each year to honor the year's best films and television series.

This year's honorees included many of the Oscar frontrunners, like Boyhood and Birdman. Notable omissions include Gone Girl and The Theory of Everything, though that film is more of a British film project than an American one. Gone Girl's omission is important since that film has been a box office smash, doing more consistent business than other box office favorite Interstellar, which made the list. The Grand Budapest Hotel and Snowpiercer could've easily gotten the indie vote, but both failed the end list. And, many hopefuls were also wanting to see The LEGO Movie or Big Hero 6 make the list. Not a single animated film made the list.

As far as television, the list bent more towards rookie shows than longer, established shows. Usual favorites like Modern Family were left off in favor of new series like Jane the Virgin.

MOVIES OF THE YEAR
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Nightcrawler
Selma
Unbroken
Whiplash

TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
The Americans
Fargo
Game of Thrones
How to Get Away with Murder
Jane the Virgin
The Knick
Mad Men
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley
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