AFI Announces Its Top 10 Film Picks of the Year

Every year, the American Film Institute (AFI) cherry picks its choices for the ten best films of the year, and while it's just a notch in the belt for some of these pictures to be chosen in the long run, the list is also a pretty weighty indication of which of the year's best films are most likely to receive some awards season love on the big stages.

Today AFI has announced its top list for 2012, and its choices closely align with our own expert's Oscar predictions for Best Picture candidates.

Among AFI's top 10 are Ben Affleck's “Argo”, the widely celebrated “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, Christopher Nolan's epic "Batman" trilogy-ender "The Dark Knight Rises" (a slight surprise inclusion), Tom Hooper's glorious “Les Miserables”, Ang Lee's “Life of Pi”, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln", Wes Anderson's quippy “Moonrise Kingdom”, David O. Russell's “Silver Linings Playbook”, and Kathryn Bigelow's buzzy “Zero Dark Thirty”.

Other regarded awards season contenders which did not make the AFI top 10 are “Amour”, “The Master”, “Flight”, and “Promised Land”.

Do you agree with the AFI's selections?

The American Film Institute's luncheon celebration for the top ten will take place on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.