January 26, 2021
The American Film Institute announced the recipients of the 2020 AFI Awards, featuring 10 films and 10 TV shows, as well as a Special Award for Hamilton.
Top honorees include Netflix’s Mank, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Da Five Bloods, “The Crown,” “Bridgerton” and “The Queen’s Gambit”; Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso”; the acclaimed Frances McDormand starrer Nomadland; HBO’s “Lovecraft Country”; Amazon’s One Night in Miami …; Disney’s animated Soul; and Disney+’s “The Mandalorian.”
The AFI’s global Movie Club program will showcase the official selections beginning in February, with new and exclusive content released daily, including special guests from the honored works introducing the titles and AFI “Behind the Scene” conversations with filmmakers and actors.
“For 20 years, AFI Awards has been a moment to gather artists in one room with a singular goal — to create community over competition,” Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO, said in a statement. “This year we cannot gather but will instead celebrate each honoree by creating exclusive content to be shared with a global audience through AFI Movie Club, shining a proper light on excellence.”
The AFI Awards is the only national program that honors creative teams as a whole, recognizing those in front of and behind the camera. Selections are made through a jury process where AFI Trustees, artists, critics and scholars determine the year’s most outstanding achievements and provide artistic and cultural context for the selection of each honoree. All of the honored works advance the art of the moving image, inspire audiences and artists alike, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form and make a mark on American society. “When placed in an historical context, these stories provide a complex and rich visual record of our modern world,” according to the AFI.
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
Da 5 Bloods
Judas and the Black Messiah
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
One Night in Miami…
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7
AFI TELEVISION PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
“Better Call Saul”
“The Good Lord Bird”
“The Queen’s Gambit”
AFI SPECIAL AWARD