The American Film Institute (AFI) released their list of the top 10 movies and TV shows of 2015, with several populist picks in the mix.
The prestigious film institute selected big movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian and Straight Outta Compton for their list of the best movies of the year.
As for television, old favorites like HBO's Game of Thrones and Showtime's Homeland were among many new shows, like AMC's Better Call Saul, Netflix's Master of None, USA's Mr. Robot and Lifetime's UnREAL.
Here is AFI's top 10 movies of 2015:
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Straight Outta Compton
And here's AFI's list of top 10 television programs of 2015:
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
Master of None
As for what this means for bigger award shows, the AFI Awards tend to have more influence on the Oscars than the Emmys. However, this does bode well for shows like Game of Thrones and Mr. Robot, which have received nominations at the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, the Critics' Choice and now AFI.
Meanwhile, the Oscar race continues to heat up. The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Room and Spotlight have been showing up in several award lineups, so their inclusion here isn't a surprise. However, this does bode well for Inside Out and Straight Outta Compton, both of which have been on the outside looking in for the Oscar Best Picture lineup. And then there's Star Wars. It remains to be seen if the Academy Awards will embrace what is sure to be the biggest movie of the year, but this could be a telling predictor of industry support.