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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' makes AFI's list of the top films of 2015

By Karen Butler
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' makes AFI's list of the top films of 2015
The premiere of the film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" took place in Los Angeles on December 14, 2015. Photo by Phil McCarten/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The blockbuster-to-be Star Wars: The Force Awakens was among the American Film Institute's top 10 movies of 2015.

The organization revealed its favorite films and TV shows Tuesday.

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"AFI Awards aren't like other accolades about the art form -- they acknowledge the importance of the collaborative nature of film and TV production," the group's website noted.

Listed in the film category in alphabetical order are:

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Carol
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Room
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Straight Outta Compton

The AFI also recognized the following shows as the best of the small screen:

The Americans
Better Call Saul
Black-ish
Empire
Fargo
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Master of None
Mr. Robot
Unreal

Mad Men was recognized with a Special Award for its "contributions to America's cultural legacy."

Honorees are to gather on Jan. 8 for a private luncheon.

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