I'm still kinda sad that the AFI Awards lasted only one year (back in 2001). Because in that single year they really did seem to have their own voice. Their Top Ten this year? Far more interesting than bandwagon-driving unimaginative BFCA. They chose: Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Good Night and Good Luck, A History of Violence, King Kong, Munich, The Squid and the Whale, and Syriana.
Respectable and interesting choices and not one desperate Oscar-baiter in the mix (GNaGL doesn't count because it actually has a purpose for being) --I'm talking to you Cinderella Man and Memoirs of a Geisha. Seriously. Does anyone think either movie would exist were it not for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's annual ceremony? OK maybe Geisha. I'll give on that since it's based on a best-seller.
For those small-screen watchin' readers they chose: 24, Battlestar Galactica, Deadwood, Grey's Anatomy, House, Lost, Rescue Me, Sleeper Cell, Sometimes in April, and Veronica Mars.
Two days isn't enough to see "consensus" but it is not looking good for Match Point --what happened to Woody's comeback. My theory is they waited way too long to capitalize on the Cannes buzz. Seriously... a New Year's release?