The American Film Institute gives their awards each year to movies that are deemed culturally and artistically representative of a year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image. Usually a glitzy affair, this year it will be fairly muted for obvious reasons.

They have named the recipients of the AFI Awards for 2020. The top ten movies, and the top ten TV shows of the year from the point of view of the institute.

AFI Movies of the Year

Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)
Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)
Mank (Netflix)
Minari (A24)
Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)
One Night in Miami (Amazon Studios)
Soul (Pixar)
Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)

AFI Television Programs of the Year

Better Call Saul (AMC)
Bridgerton (Netflix)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
Lovecraft Country (HBO Max)
The Mandalorian (Disney Plus)
Mrs. America (Hulu)
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
Ted Lasso (Apple TV Plus)
Unorthodox (Netflix)

AFI Special Award

Hamilton (Disney Plus)

The AFI Awards tributes will take place on February 26th on AFI’s YouTube channel, rather than at an awards ceremony.

One thing that is noticeable is the absolute domination of streaming services. An expected outcome in a pandemic? Or a sign of things to come?