Another day, another Oscar precursor. This time it’s the American Film Institute’s turn. Unlike the previous awards, the AFI doesn’t pick one winner. Rather the group of critics, scholars, film artists and those in television pick the Top 10 in both cinema and on the small screen. All ten winners in each respective category will be honored at an invitation-only luncheon on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Los Angeles.

In the film category, you have your core group of movies dominating early critics awards. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty once again are honored. Joining the Oscar Best Picture race is Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. I believe it’s the first nod the superhero flick has earned at a major Academy Awards precursor.

The biggest snub, IMHO, is Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. The Joaquin Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman film recently nabbed Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress from the Los Angeles Film Critics. Sadly for them, the film was ignored by the AFI. Check out what else made the AFI’s list of Best 10 films of 2012, along with the cream of the crop on television.

AFI’s Top 10 2012 Movies of The Year

  • Argo
  • Beasts of The Southern Wild
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

As with last year’s list, cable network programming dominated the AFI’s list. ABC’s Modern Family being the only exception. Last year, the ABC sitcom was joined by NBC’s Parks & Recreation and CBS’ The Good Wife on the list, but this year both shows lost favor with the group. Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Asylum and Lena Dunham’s Girls make the list for the first them. See what other programs joins them on the prestigious year-end list.

AFI’s Top 10 2012 Television Programs of The Year

  • American Horror Story: Asylum
  • Breaking Bad
  • Game Change
  • Game of Thrones
  • Girls
  • Homeland
  • Louie
  • Mad Men
  • Modern Family
  • The Walking Dead

Do you strongly disagree with any of AFI’s choices in film or television? Who would’ve you honored in either category? I can’t wait for the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe announcements later this week on December 12 and 13 respectively. Hopefully, a few surprises are in store for us. I hate a predictable Awards Season. Sound off below.