'Dune,' 'CODA,' 'West Side Story' make AFI's 2021 top 10

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  • Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Denis Villeneuve
    Canadian film director and screenwriter
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda
    Lin-Manuel Miranda
    American actor and musician
  • Guillermo del Toro
    Guillermo del Toro
    Mexican film director
  • Sian Heder
    American director and screenwriter
  • Jane Campion
    New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and film director
  • Steven Spielberg
    Steven Spielberg
    American filmmaker

The American Film Institute lined up behind many of the end-of-year Oscar contenders, naming Steven Spielberg's “West Side Story,” Jane Campion's “The Power of the Dog” and Adam McKay's “Don't Look Up” among the year's 10 best films.

The annual AFI list, compiled through a jury process, can give a rough approximation of Academy Awards favorites and provide a boost to newly released or upcoming movies. Also making the AFI top 10 were: Sian Heder's “CODA,” Denis Villeneuve's “Dune,” Reinaldo Marcus Greene’s “King Richard,” Paul Thomas Anderson's “Licorice Pizza,” Guillermo del Toro's “Nightmare Alley,” Lin-Manuel Miranda's “tick, tick... BOOM!” and Joel Coen's “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”

AFI will also give special awards to Questlove's music documentary “Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)," Kenneth Branagh's semi-autobiographical family drama “Belfast” and the Netflix series sensation “Squid Game.”

The honorees will be celebrated in a Jan. 7 gathering at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

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