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Netflix Dominates AFI’s Top Movie and Television Series of the Year

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Today, the American Film Institute announced its top ten movies of the year, typically a precursor to the Academy Awards’ Best Picture nominations. To cap this unusual distribution year, streaming services dominated, with Netflix topping the list with four films, a record haul for the platform: Mank, Da Five Bloods, The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The AFI also chose two films from Amazon — Sound of Metal and Regina King’s directorial debut, One Night in Miami — to go with four from major Hollywood powerhouses: Disney’s Soul, A24’s Minari, Searchlight’s Nomadland and Warner Bros.’ Judas and the Black Messiah. This year’s list is also a record for diversity, with more than half the films featuring majority-Black casts. The good news for contenders like News of the World and Promising Young Woman? This list isn’t the be-all, end-all of awards-show predictions.

On the television side, Netflix led the way again, with The Crown, Bridgerton, The Queen’s Gambit, and Unorthodox all making the list. Romps like Disney+’s The Mandelorian and Apple’s Ted Lasso earned honors, and Disney+’s Hamilton received a special award for its adaptation of the Tony-winning musical. The full list of AFI Awards’ honorees may be found below.

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 Crown

The Good Lord Bird 

Lovecraft Country 

The Mandalorian 

Mrs. America 

The Queen’s Gambit

Ted Lasso 


AFI Special Award


Correction: This post originally misstated Parasite’s eligibility for the AFI’s 2019 list.

Netflix Dominates AFI’s Top Movie and TV Series of the Year