The American Film Institute (AFI) announced on Tuesday that ROMA had received an AFI Special Award as the group announced honourees of AFI Awards 2018.
The 10 AFI movies of the year are: BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Eighth Grade, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Favourite, First Reformed, Green Book, Mary Poppins Returns, A Quiet Place, and A Star Is Born.
The 10 AFI TV programmes of the year are: The Americans, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Atlanta, Barry, Better Call Saul, The Kominsky Method, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Pose, and Succession.
The Spanish-language, black and white ROMA earned the AFI Special Award designated “for a work of excellence outside the Institute’s criteria for American film.”
AFI Awards honourees are selected based on work that “advance the art of the moving image, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form, inspire audiences and artists alike and make a mark on American society.”
Selections are made by jury process in which AFI trustees, scholars, artists and critics determine the year’s outstanding achievements.
This year’s juries were chaired by AFI board of trustees vice-chairs Tom Pollock (former vice-chairman of MCA, chairman of Universal Pictures) for film, and Richard Frank (former chairman of Walt Disney Television, president of Walt Disney Studios, president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) for television.
Honourees will gather on January 4, 2019, for recognition at the annual AFI Awards private lunch in Los Angeles.