Oscars 2016: AFI Top Ten Films of the Year
AFI announced their top ten films of 2016.
This is pretty much an anticlimax after NBR. I always feel like I know which way AFI is gonna go. To the point where, when I saw they announced their list, I sat in the office and told the interns what they were probably gonna pick. And no joke, off the top of my head, I got eight of them straight up.
I’ll tell you my thinking in a minute, but generally I don’t put much stock into them. They’re a pretty populist list of what the most people liked or what feels “important.” They’re not as exciting to me as NBR, but they’re largely the same, much of the time.
Here are AFI’s Top Ten Films of 2016:
Hell Or High Water
La La Land
Manchester By The Sea
So right off the bat, when I heard they announced it, I immediately felt like I knew what they were gonna go with.
You know they love Scorsese and Eastwood, so Silence and Sully were immediate obvious choices. And so far, what are the three big movies of the year? La La Land, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea. So those were easy guesses too. And Hell or High Water is that movie that everyone loves and is voting for, so that was an easy choice too. Then after that, you think, “Older white contingent — Hacksaw.” Mel, plus the classical style — how could they resist? So that was seven. Pretty easily, too.
Arrival was a 50/50 so I was a bit hesitant on that, but I couldn’t think of much else, so I stuck with it. After that, I wasn’t really sure where to go. They said an animated film made it on, and after you hear that, it takes about a half a second to go, “Oh, Zootopia.” Because they think it’s got some sort of real message to it. Makes sense.
Fences was the one that wasn’t immediately on the top of my head. I feel like they might have already picked Antwone Fisher or The Great Debators, giving them a precendent for this, but I wouldn’t have that off the top of my head. Makes sense though. Excited to see Fences.
So yeah, that’s your AFI list. Hard to truly disagree with them. It’s generally an agreeable list.
So here we are.