From 'The Dark Knight Rises' To 'Zero Dark Thirty' Via 'Life of Pi': AFI Names Top 10 Films Of 2012

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The American Film Institute (AFI) has named its top 10 films of 2012, and there are some big hitters on the list, like 'The Dark Knight Rises'and 'Les Miserables' there are some notable absentees too.

Among them are the current film beginning to generate Oscar buzz, 'Zero Dark Thirty', which premiered in LA last night (December 10), 'Silver Linings Playbook', featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi' and Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'. Also in the top ten was another Oscar frontrunner, ben Affleck's 'Argo'.

Notably missing were Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master', which had been a critics favourite, as was 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'.

According to the BBC, AFI president Bob Gazzale said the list, chosen by critics, AFI trustees and TV and film artists, "celebrates America's storytellers".

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom' and 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' signalled that there would be a few quirky movies on the list, with the former a comedy charting life in an island community, and the latter life in the fictional 'Bathtub' area of Louisiana.

Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' made it too, signalling a possible return to form that could bring the director honours when the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globe Nominations are announced later this week.

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