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AFI names best films and TV shows of 2013

12 Years A Slave

Story by Jack Foley

THE American Film Institute has named its top 10 best films of 2013 and given an Oscar boost to several awards hopefuls.

As widely predicted, Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years A Slave (pictured) and David O Russell’s American Hustle were included in the list, as were Alfonso Cuaron’s space saga Gravity and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.

But among some of the more surprising entries were indie hit Fruitvale Station, Alexander Payne’s Nebraska and Disney’s Saving Mr Banks.

Notable absentees include Robert Redford’s All Is Lost, Julia Roberts-Meryl Streep family drama August: Osage County, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and Dallas Buyers Club.

In making the announcement, AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale said the awards are designed to honour storytellers “not as competitors, but as a community”, and said it was AFI’s mandate and honour to acknowledge “their collective contributions to America’s rich cultural legacy”.

In the TV awards, the top 10 includes crime drama Breaking Bad, HBO’s Game of Thrones, Netflix’s House of Cards, Jon Hamm’s Mad Men and political comedy-drama Veep.

The winners will be honoured at an invitation-only luncheon on Friday, January 10, 2014.

The AFI’s best films of 2014:

12 Years A Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Fruitvale Station
Inside Llewyn Davis
Saving Mr Banks
The Wolf of Wall Street

AFI TV Programmes of the year:

The Americans
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Mad Men
Masters of Sex
Orange Is The New Black