Alfonso Cuarón's Roma receives a special recognition.
The American Film Institute announced its lend-of-the-year lists, giving awards season boosts to many of the year's most buzzworthy films.
The AFI Awards celebrate American cinema and television by releasing an annual list of projects determined by juries comprised of industry dignitaries and chairs of the American Film Institute.
The winners will be feted at a ceremony on January 4, 2019.
Because it didn't qualify as an American production, Alfonso Cuarón's Roma was listed as a special award recipient. AFI doesn't generally reward special awards to foreign films, but this designation shows the film is booming with possibilities heading into the heart of the awards season. The last film to receive a similar honor was The Artist, the French production that went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.
AFI's list of ten films is one of the season's best predictors of the Academy's eventual Best Picture nominees.
Missing out on the list of films are First Man, Hereditary, and Can You Ever Forgive Me?, three films expected to be major Oscar players. Bohemian Rhapsody and Crazy Rich Asians were also left off the list, despite being surprise box office hits.
The biggest surprises on the list are A Quiet Place and Mary Poppins Returns.
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