The American Film Institute is probably best known for those lists of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time (y’know… if it’s an American production in some way). Well, every year they hold their own awards, because every group of people has to have awards. They recognize the ten best films (for this year, it’s eleven due to a tie) and the ten best television programs of the year. There are not winners in these categories, but each one gets celebrated. On that front, I kind of like the AFI approach to awards.
Along with the awards, AFI has put together this four and a half minute montage chronicling the last 120 years of film. Now, it would be ridiculous to cover every single year. Instead, they start with 1894’s Strong Man and jump every ten years, showcasing films like Rear Window, The Godfather: Part II, Pulp Fiction, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (which is ten years old, people…). The video culminates with clips from all of this year’s honorees, including Boyhood, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), and Interstellar.
You can give the video a watch below, and maybe they showcase some stuff you do not know what it is. Give them a try. Below the video is a list of all the featured films and television shows.
Films and Television Shows Featured:
AFI AWARDS 2014 Honorees as they appear: