The Batman epic “The Dark Knight,” the political biopic “Milk” and the gritty drama “The Wrestler” were among critical favorites that landed on the American Film Institute’s list of the year’s 10 best movies.
Also on AFI’s list, released Sunday, were 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.” Unlike other film honors, the institute does not rank films or pick one as the year’s best. The filmmakers behind the top 10 choices will be honored at a luncheon Jan. 9.
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Many of the films on the list picked up Golden Globe nominations last week and are expected to compete for Academy Awards. Oscar nominations are to be announced 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.