The American Film Institute (or AFI) announced today the official selections for the AFI Awards of 2016. The annual award show celebrates the year’s most outstanding achievements in both film and television, with 10 films and 10 television programs deemed culturally and artistically significant. In addition to the 20 honorees, AFI also recognizes O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA with an AFI Special Award. It will be very interesting to see which of the two popular independent films, “La La Land” and “Manchester by the Sea,” walk away with most awards this season. They are both two terrific films that should be on everyone’s watch list this year.

In today’s announcement the company stated, “Marking the 17th chapter in the American Film Institute’s ongoing chronicle of the moving image in the 21st century, the 2016 entries join a notable pantheon of previous AFI honorees — works of significance that contribute to the rich cultural legacy and define the state of the art form.”

AFI AWARDS selections are made through a jury process in which AFI Trustees, scholars, artists and critics determine the most outstanding achievements of the year and provide a contextual rationale for each selection.

This year’s juries — one for film and one for television — were chaired by producers and AFI Board of Trustees Vice Chairs Tom Pollock (former Vice Chairman of MCA, Chairman of Universal Pictures) for film and Richard Frank (former Chairman of Walt Disney Television, President of Walt Disney Studios, President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) for television.

The juries featured award-winning artists such as Elizabeth Banks, Robert Benton, Diane English, Jon Hamm, Michelle King, Lori McCreary, Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006) and Patricia Riggen; renowned authors and scholars representing prestigious universities with recognized motion picture arts and television programs; film historians Mark Harris and Leonard Maltin; the AFI Board of Trustees; and film and television critics from media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, MTV News, Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Variety and more.

AFI Movies of the Year

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight
  • Silence
  • Sully
  • Zootopia

The AFI TV Programs of the Year

  • The Americans
  • Atlanta
  • Better Call Saul
  • The Crown
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Night Of
  • The People v. O.J. Simpson
  • Stranger Things
  • This is Us
  • Veep