Power of the Dog, Dune among AFI's top 10 films of 2021

New Zealand filmmaker Dame Jane Campion's drama The Power of the Dog features alongside musical West Side Story and sci-fi epic Dune in the top 10 movies of 2021 as chosen by the American Film Institute (AFI).

The list, which is not ranked, gives an early glimpse into likely frontrunners for the annual Oscars next year. The films were chosen for their cultural and artistic significance.

It also includes global warming satire Don't Look Up, coming-of-age tale Licorice Pizza, musical Tick, tick...Boom!, deaf community film CODA, Shakespearean drama The Tragedy of Macbeth, thriller Nightmare Alley and King Richard, the biopic about the father of tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams.

British director Kenneth Branagh's film Belfast, about his childhood in Northern Ireland, was given a special award by the AFI.

"From soaring in spirit to dark and dangerous - from heartbreaking to hilarious - these are the stories that have united us in uncertain times and continue to drive culture forward," AFI president Bob Gazzale said in a statement.

The AFI also named its 10 top TV shows of 2021. They include Ted LassoSuccession, Mare of Easttown, The White Lotus and WandaVision.

The full lists are below:

AFI Movies of the Year

  • CODA
  • Don't Look Up 
  • Dune 
  • King Richard 
  • Licorice Pizza 
  • Nightmare Alley 
  • The Power of the Dog 
  • Tick, Tick... Boom! 
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • West Side Story

AFI Television Programs of the Year

  • Hacks 
  • Maid 
  • Mare of Easttown 
  • Reservation Dogs 
  • Schmigadoon! 
  • Succession
  • Ted Lasso 
  • The Underground Railroad 
  • WandaVision 
  • The White Lotus

AFI Special Awards

  • Belfast 
  • Squid Game 
  • Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Nominations for the Oscars will be announced on February 8.

Reuters / Newshub.