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AFI Awards announced for film and television with special award to 'O.J.: Made in America'

AFI Awards announced for film and television with special award to 'O.J.: Made in America'
O.J. Simpson and attorney Robert Shapiro in an image from "O.J.: Made in America." (ESPN Films)

The American Film Institute released their official selections for the 2016 AFI Awards on Thursday, given to "the year's most culturally and artistically significant films and television programs."

With 10 films and 10 television programs being recognized, a special award was nevertheless given to Ezra Edelman's documentary "O.J.: Made in America," recognizing the unusual position for the 7½-hour project of having been both broadcast on ESPN in five parts and released to theaters in two parts.

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The 10 movies of the year, in alphabetical order:

"Arrival"

"Fences"

"Hacksaw Ridge"

"Hell or High Water"

"La La Land"

"Manchester by the Sea"

"Moonlight"

"Silence"

"Sully"

"Zootopia"

Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson in "The People v. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story."
Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson in "The People v. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story." (Byron Cohen / FX)

The 10 TV programs of the year, in alphabetical order:

"The Americans"

"Atlanta"

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"Better Call Saul"

"The Crown"

"Game of Thrones"

"The Night Of"

"The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"

"Stranger Things"

"This Is Us"

"Veep"

The jury for motion pictures was made up by producer Tom Pollack, actress and filmmaker Elizabeth Banks, AFI board member Jeanine Basinger, filmmaker Robert Benton, AFI's Bob Gazzale, historian Mark Harris, journalist Lisa Kennedy, teacher Akira Mizuta Lippit, historian Leonard Maltin, cinematographer Rachel Morrison, critic Amy Nicholson, director Patricia Riggen and critic Peter Travers.

On the television jury were producer Richard Frank, producer and writer Diane English, Gazzale, actor and producer Jon Hamm, professor Darnell Hunt, professor L.S. Kim, writer and producer Michelle King, BET Networks' Debra Lee, producer Lori McCreary, the Los Angeles Times' Mary McNamara, journalist Matt Roush, journalist Maureen Ryan and professor Robert Thompson.

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