‘Mank’ and ‘Ma Rainey’ Are Among the American Film Institute’s Top Movies of 2020

Netflix had a good showing at the annual awards

Awards watchers will have to wait a little longer for Oscars, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards nominations, but on Monday the American Film Institute revealed its top ten films and TV shows of the year. Rather than pitting the jury’s faves against one another, AFI selects movies and shows that “advance the art of moving images, enhance the cultural heritage of American’s art form, inspire artists and audiences, and make a mark on American society,” and presents them alphabetically.

Netflix had the strongest showing in both categories this year, with four nominated movies and four nominated shows. And Hamilton, which aired on Disney+, walks away with a special award. Streamers dominated traditional studios and networks overall.

AFI’s Movies of the Year are: Da 5 Bloods (Netflix), Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix), Mank (Netflix), Minari (A24), Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures), One Night in Miami (Amazon Studios), Soul (Pixar), Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios), and The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix).

AFI’s Television Programs of the Year are: Better Call Saul (AMC), Bridgerton (Netflix), The Crown (Netflix), The Good Lord Bird (Showtime), Lovecraft Country (HBO), The Mandalorian (Disney+), Mrs. America (Hulu), The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix), Ted Lasso (Apple TV+), and Unorthodox (Netflix).

On February 26, AFI will host a “virtual benediction” on its website and YouTube channel.

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