The American Film Institute (AFI) has just released its annual list of the ten best movies and TV shows for 2017, and — as with many other year-end lists we’ve been seeing — genre entertainment appears to be garnering more attention, regardless of where you look.
The AFI list shows sci-fi, fantasy, and animated fare isn’t merely resonating with popular audiences; it also continues to gain the respect and esteem of the critical community. Three of the AFI’s top films for 2017 fall under that umbrella, as do four of the top TV shows.
On the movie side, Get Out, The Shape of Water, and Wonder Woman all made the AFI’s jury-selected list. HBO’s perennially popular Game of Thrones made the television list, along with The Good Place (NBC), The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), and Stranger Things 2 (Netflix).
AFI doesn’t rank the items on its lists, instead releasing the ten movies and TV shows as an all-of-a-piece representation of works that “advance the art of the moving image, enhance the cultural heritage of America's art form, inspire audiences and artists and make a mark on American society,” according to the institute.
Get Out already has been nominated in the best film category for the Independent Spirit Awards, and The Shape of Water and Wonder Woman each have received their fair share of awards buzz.
AFI’s list comes on the front end of the Hollywood award season. Golden Globe nominations go out before the end of 2017, as do nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, just ahead of the release of this year’s Academy Awards nominees, which will be announced in January. Who's got your vote?