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AFI Top 10 List Includes ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Joker,’ ‘The Farewell’

The American Film Institute’s list of the top 10 films of 2019 ranges from Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and Sam Mendes’ “1917” to “Joker,” “The Farewell” and “Knives Out,” the AFI announced on Wednesday.

Also on the list are “Jojo Rabbit,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story” and “Richard Jewell.”

Among the awards hopefuls not listed by the AFI are “Ford v Ferrari,” “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” “Dolemite Is My Name,” “Waves” and “The Two Popes.”

Also Read: New York Film Critics Circle Awards: ‘The Irishman’ Named Best Picture of 2019

Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” which was not eligible for the main list because it is not an American film, was given a special award.

On the television side, the AFI jury singled out the final seasons of “Game of Thrones” and “Veep,” as well as “Chernobyl,” “The Crown,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “Pose,” “Succession,” “Unbelievable,” “The Watchmen” and “When They See Us.” The British production “Fleabag” was voted a special award.

Over the last 10 years, about two-thirds of the films singled out by the AFI have gone on to receive Oscar nominations for Best Picture. Last year, only five out of the 10 landed Oscar nominations; the AFI missed Oscar nominees “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Roma” (which was ineligible because it was not a U.S. film) and “Vice” but included non-nominees “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “A Quiet Place.”

AFI winners are chosen by two juries, one for motion pictures and one for television. The motion picture jury is chaired by Tom Pollock and the TV jury by Richard Frank. Both include academics, actors, historians, journalists and critics.

Also Read: National Board of Review Names ‘The Irishman’ the Year’s Best Film

“The Farewell”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Knives Out”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
“Richard Jewell”


“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Watchmen”
“When They See Us”


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