‘Dark Knight Rises’ ‘Homeland’, ‘Louie’ Land On AFI’s 2012 Best Of Lists


Could The Dark Knight Rises earn a Best Picture nomination and make up for its predecessor’s egregious snub in 2008? While there’s some heavy competition this year (the jam-packed 2012 is certainly no predictable, dull 2011) the summer blockbuster could earn a slot. The finale in Christopher Nolan’s superhero saga landed on American Film Institute’s 2012 Movies of the Year list. 

Elsewhere, for a movie with zero right there in the title, Zero Dark Thirty is winding up on a whole lot of top 10 lists. Kathryn Bigelow‘s engrossing military drama about the hunt for and eventual capture of Osama bin Laden has also found its way onto AFI’s. While the film is a Best Picture frontrunner, it’s far from a sure thing thanks to Lincoln, ArgoLes Misérables, and quite possibly, The Dark Knight Rises, all of which made AFI’s list and are hot on its tail. Check out the entire list, which includes most of this year’s usual suspects, here: 
AFI’s Movies of the Year: 
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Moonrise Kingdom 
Silver Linings Playbook 
Zero Dark Thirty 
AFI, which will reward their winners at a luncheon in Los Angeles on January 11, 2013, also made their choices for the top television shows of the past year. Like their movies list, television was a veritable mix of wildly popular fan favorites like Homeland, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead and critical darlings such as Louie and Mad Men. See the rest of the best below: 
AFI’s TV Programs of the Year:  
American Horror Story
Breaking Bad
Game Change
Game of Thrones
Mad Men
Modern Family 
The Walking Dead
Staff editor Aly Semigran is a New York City native who grew up in Philadelphia and spent the better part of her youth trying to figure out what the Philly Phanatic was (an anteater?), quoting 'The Simpsons,' and learning all about movies from her dad. After graduating from Temple University, where she studied journalism, she moved back to NYC and began her career as a freelance entertainment journalist. Her work has been published in Entertainment Weekly, Maxim, Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia City Paper, MTV.com, and iVillage.com. She is thrilled to be a part of the Hollywood.com team and she is still quoting 'The Simpsons.' ('I'm Idaho!')