LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 (Reuters) - From "Birdman" to "Unbroken," the American Film Institute (AFI) selected an eclectic range of films already gaining momentum in the Hollywood awards race as its top picks for 2014, the organization said on Monday.
Breaking the traditional selection of 10 films for the first time, the annual AFI list compiled 11 picks:
"Unbroken," based on the life of Olympian Louis Zamperini and directed by Angelina Jolie, earned its first notable awards mention, as well as Disney's upcoming musical "Into the Woods" and Christopher Nolan's space fantasy "Interstellar."
Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," filmed over 12 years and following a boy's coming-of-age tale, was awarded best picture by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association over the weekend and won best film, director and supporting actress at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards last week.
The AFI selections, made by a jury of AFI members, scholars, TV and film artists and critics, come ahead of the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations this week.
The three sets of picks often indicate the frontrunners for February's Oscars top categories. The 2015 Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 15.
"This is the first time in AFI awards history that the voting procedure - including tiebreakers - has resulted in the inclusion of 11 motion picture honorees," the organisation said.