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AFI Names Top 10 Films of 2021, Along With A Handful of Snubs

American Film Institute Best Films 2021
American Film Institute

The American Film Institute has announced its Top 10 Films of 2021:

CODA
DON’T LOOK UP
DUNE
KING RICHARD
LICORICE PIZZA
NIGHTMARE ALLEY
THE POWER OF THE DOG
tick, tick… BOOM!
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
WEST SIDE STORY

The list is as notable for which films were included as it is for which were omitted. Ridley Scott’s two films, “House of Gucci” and “The Last Duel,” were among the more notable films not mentioned. Other critical hits not making the list include “Spencer,” “C’mon, C’mon” and “Being the Ricardos.”

There’s a strong correlation between the AFI list and the Academy Awards. Over the course of the previous decade, approximately two-thirds of the films on the annual AFI list have gone on to receive Oscar nominations for Best Picture. Last year, six of the eight Best Picture nominees were on the AFI list.

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The AFI Top 10 lists are chosen by juries made up of academics, filmmakers, actors, historians, journalists and critics.

Winners will be honored at an event on Jan. 7, 2022.