Top 10 films of the year

December 15th, 2008 - 4:34 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The Dark KnightAmong the American Film Institute category is the Batman’s epic ” The Dark Knight” , the political biographical Milk and the gritty drama The Wrestler were also listed by the American Film Institute (AFI) for the year’s top 10 best movies.

The list also includes the animated Wall-E, Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino, the superhero blockbuster Iron Man, the indie dramas Frozen River and Wendy and Lucy, the adapted play Frost/Nixon, and the Brad Pitt epic The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

The filmmakers behind the top 10 choices will be honoured at a luncheon on Jan 9 though the institute doesn’t rank films or pick one as the year’s best.

However, many other films on the list were picked up on the Golden Globe nominations last week and they’re expected to compete for Academy Awards. Moreover, the Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan 22.

Among Globe best-drama nominees were The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Fincher’s drama about a man who ages backward, starring Pitt and Cate Blanchett; and Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon, based on the Peter Morgan play about the famous TV interview of Richard Nixon by David Frost, starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen.

The AFI also released a top 10 list of TV shows for 2008, featuring Breaking Bad, In Treatment, John Adams, Life, Lost, Mad Men, The Office, Recount, The Shield and The Wire.

The top 10 lists were chosen by two 13-member panels, one each for movies and television. Members included writer Mark Harris, filmmaker Robert Towne, and critics Leonard Maltin, Elvis Mitchell and Richard Schickel.

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