On Monday, the American Film Institute (AFI) unveiled its films of the year, including five of the 10 honorees with largely non-white casts and stories.
The annual list, released ahead of the big 2021 award shows, is not ranked, but is one of the first indicators of the Oscars and Golden Globes films expected to do well.
It includes the Vietnam drama “Da 5 Bloods” by Spike Lee, the last movie by Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “One Night in Miami,” about a 1964 encounter between Black icons Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke, Malcolm X and Jim Brown, and the story “Judas and the Black Messiah.”
“Minari” was also on the list, along with the animated film “Soul,” starring Jamie Foxx, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “Nomadland,” and “Mank,” the story of a Korean immigrant family in pursuit of the American dream in the 1980s.
A special award was given to the movie version of the hip-hop musical ‘Hamilton,’ about the founding fathers of the United States.
The AFI Awards, selected annually by a jury of filmmakers, critics, and scholars, recognizes the entire creative teams of the last year’s 10 films and television shows that it considers to be most culturally and artistically representative.
The 10 television shows honored were; “Better Call Saul,” “Bridgerton,” “The Crown,” “The Good Lord Bird,” “Lovecraft Country,” “The Mandalorian,” “Mrs. America,” “The Queen’s Gambit,” “Ted Lasso” and “Unorthodox.”
The Golden Globes nominees are set to be revealed next week, with nominations for the Oscars scheduled for March 15.