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McQueen's slavery film on 2013 list

Published 10/12/2013 | 14:02

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Steve McQueen directed 12 Years A Slave, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o

Steve McQueen's new film 12 Years A Slave has made the American Film Institute's top 10 films of 2013.

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The harrowing real-life drama, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as free man Solomon Northrup who was kidnapped into slavery, has been chosen as one of the best movies of the year by the organisation for its annual awards.

Alfonso Cuaron's outer space adventure Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, has also made the list, along with Disney drama Saving Mr Banks, David O Russell's drama American Hustle and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street.

Paul Greengrass' real-life thriller Captain Phillips, The Coen Brothers' musical folk drama Inside Llewyn Davis, Spike Jonze's Her, Fruitvale Station and Nebraska also feature in the top 10, which have been unveiled ahead of the Golden Globe nominations announcement on December 12.

AFI president Bob Gazzale said the AFI Awards "is a moment for the most accomplished storytellers of 2013 to pause and be appreciated - not as competitors, but as a community.

"Acknowledging their collective contributions to America's rich cultural legacy is both AFI's national mandate - and our honour," he added.

Lee Daniels' The Butler and August: Osage County are among the notable exceptions from the list, which is considered an indicator of contenders for the best picture award at the upcoming Academy Awards.

The AFI also chose their top 10 TV shows of 2013, which includes Mad Men for the sixth successive year, Breaking Bad, House Of Cards and Game Of Thrones.

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