LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Early awards-season favorites “Into the Wild,” “Michael Clayton” and “No Country For Old Men” scored another accolade on Sunday by making the year’s top 10 list from the American Film Institute.
The other entrants were “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead,” “The Diving Bell and The Butterfly,” “Juno,” “Knocked Up,” “Ratatouille,” “The Savages,” and “There Will Be Blood.”
The list was compiled for the film heritage body by a jury of 13 filmmakers, reviewers and academics, including Oscar-winning “Brokeback Mountain” screenwriter Diana Ossana, and critic Leonard Maltin. The films were not ranked by merit.
Most of the films have scored high-profile nominations for the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, and have also cropped up on the various critics lists proliferating throughout the movie world.
Notable absentees included “Atonement” and “Charlie Wilson’s War,” the top Golden Globe nominees.
The wilderness saga “Into the Wild” and the teen comedy “Juno” lead the Critics Choice Awards, which is one of the most accurate barometers of Oscar success.
The gritty crime thriller “No Country for Old Men” and the legal drama “Michael Clayton” each received multiple nods from both organizations.
Additionally, “No Country for Old Men” won top film honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Chicago Film Critics Association, and the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
AFI also listed its top 10 TV shows: “Dexter,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Longford,” “Mad Men,” “Pushing Daisies,” “The Sopranos,” “Tell Me You Love Me,” “30 Rock” and “Ugly Betty.” The TV jury included actress Melissa Gilbert and “Law & Order: SVU” producer Neal Baer.
Reporting by Dean Goodman; editing by Mohammad Zargham