The Social Network, Inception and Toy Story 3 have made it into the American Film Institute’s top 10 films of the year.
The list, which recognises the best narrative films with largely American backing, also includes Ben Affleck’s The Town, and the Western True Grit, ballet drama Black Swan, the boxing saga The Fighter, lesbian family tale The Kids Are All Right, survival story 127 Hours and crime thriller Winter’s Bone.
Unlike other film honours, AFI does not rank films or pick one as the year’s best. The filmmakers behind the top 10 choices will be honoured at a lunch on January 14.
The King’s Speech, an Academy Awards favourite, was ineligible because it is a British production, but the AFI did present a special award to the Tom Hooper film.
Another special award went to the education documentary Waiting For Superman.
This is the first time the honours included special awards, which allow the group to acknowledge “outstanding work outside the traditional AFI criteria,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI president.
The AFI also picked its top 10 TV programmes of 2010. They included Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Glee, Mad Men, and Modern Family.
The top 10 lists were chosen by two 13-member panels, one each for movies and television.
For film, members included director Lee Daniels, writer Diablo Cody and critics Leonard Maltin, Claudia Puig and Lisa Schwarzbaum. For TV, members included actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, producer Steven Bochco and critics Mary McNamara, James Poniewozik and Matt Roush.