AFI names best television series and movies of 2012

AFI Awards 2012 logo

Every year The American Film Institute releases its selections for what they feel are the very best television shows and movies of the year. The AFI Awards recognize the outstanding achievements in film and television, listing 10 worthy and unranked contenders from both screens. This year, the awards will be handed out at an invitation-only luncheon in Los Angeles on January 11th.

2012 was a year for blockbuster movies and spectacular series. On Monday, the selections for the 2012 AFI Awards were announced, and while many are titles you may recognize and watch, there are a few which may surprise you.

The list of winners in the television category are:

American Horror Story

Breaking Bad

Game Change

Game of Thrones




Mad Men

Modern Family

The Walking Dead


The cast of Mad Men

This is the fifth year that AMC’s “Mad Men” has been selected as a winner, which makes it the most recognized AFI Awards winner on televisions, followed by “Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family” which have both been chosen four times. It is no surprise that major hits “The Walking Dead” and “Homeland” made the cut.

As for movies, this year’s list of winners are:


Beasts of the Southern Wild

The Dark Knight Rises

Django Unchained

Les Miserables

Life of Pi


Moonrise Kingdom

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty


Poster of The Dark Knight Rises

"The Dark Knight Rises" is arguably one of the most anticipated endings to a trilogy in silver screen history, and with a stellar acting cast and legendary directing team it comes as no surprise that it made this year’s list.

AFI president and CEO, Bob Gazzale, said in a statement “AFI Awards celebrates America’s storytellers as collaborators. We are honored to bring together artists as a community, without competition, to acknowledge the gifts they have given the world in 2012.”

I look forward to what 2013 will bring to the big and small screen and applaud the accomplishments of 2012’s television and film winners.


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