'Argo,' 'Homeland' among AFI honorees for 2012

Films, TV shows to be officially honored Jan. 11

LOS ANGELES - Ten films and 10 television shows were chosen Monday by the American Film Institute as official selections of the AFI Awards 2012, honoring the year's most outstanding achievements in movies and TV.

According to AFI, the honors are the only ones that recognize creative ensembles as a whole. Winners are chosen based on works that "advance the art of the moving image; enhance the rich cultural heritage of America's art form; inspire audiences and artists alike; and/or make a mark on American society."

For films, the honorees were:

-- "Argo"
-- "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
-- "The Dark Knight Rises"
-- "Django Unchained"
-- "Les Miserables"
-- "Life of Pi"
-- "Lincoln"
-- "Moonrise Kingdom"
-- "Silver Linings Playbook"
-- "Zero Dark Thirty"

The television honorees were:

-- "American Horror Story: Asylum"
-- "Breaking Bad"
-- "Game Change"
-- "Game of Thrones"
-- "Girls"
-- "Homeland"
-- "Louie"
-- "Mad Men"
-- "Modern Family"
-- "The Walking Dead"

According to AFI, the selection of "Mad Men" was its fifth, making it the most-often recognized AFI Awards television honoree. "Breaking Bad," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Modern Family," "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" have all been recognized four times.

The ensembles behind the selected films and shows will be honored during a Jan. 11 luncheon in Los Angeles.

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