Steve McQueens historic saga 12 Years a Slave, David O. Russells con artist romp American Hustle, Ryan Cooglers numbing Fruitvale Station and Alfonso Cuaróns space odyssey Gravity round out the American Film Institutes top 10 movies of the year.
Also landing on the list, announced Monday: Paul Greengrass Somali pirate drama Captain Phillips; Spike Jonzes futuristic computer love tale Her; Ethan and Joel Coens folk scene-focused dark comedy Inside Llewyn Davis; John Lee Hancocks Disney comedy Saving Mr. Banks; and Martin Scorseses provocative stockbroker story The Wolf of Wall Street.
Last awards season, eight of the nine Academy Award best picture nominees had earlier appeared on the AFI list. Oscar nominations will be unveiled Jan. 16.
The AFI also selected the years top 10 TV shows. Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Scandal, The Good Wife, Mad Men, Masters of Sex, Orange is the New Black and Veep took those honors.
The creative assemblages will be awarded at a Jan. 10 luncheon in Los Angeles.
‘Slave’ collects critics’ honors
The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association is full of love for 12 Years a Slave.
The groups film season honors, announced Monday, gave the slavery tale six awards including best film, best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, best supporting actress for Lupita Nyongo, best ensemble, best adapted screenplay and best original score.
Cate Blanchett was named best actress for Blue Jasmine and Gravity helmer Alfonso Cuarón won the best director title from the group of 58 film critics.
12 Years a Slave on Sunday grabbed a best picture honor from the Boston Society of Film Critics.
Ejiofor was named best actor, and McQueen grabbed a best director win.
The Boston critics named Blanchett best actress.
12 Years a Slave also picked up a win Sunday from the New York Film Critics Online group of 33 critics.
The antebellum story was named best film and picked up wins for best actor (Ejiofor) and supporting actress (Nyongo).
Blanchetts reign over this film seasons best actress category continued with another honor for her work in Blue Jasmine. Cuarón was named best director for Gravity.