AFI names year's best

Selects tops in film and TV for January awards

"The Dark Knight" and "Iron Man," two of the summer's comic book-inspired hits, secured spots on the list of the American Film Institute's 10 outstanding movies of 2008, announced Sunday.

The AFI's other movies of the year are "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon," "Frozen River," "Gran Torino," "Milk," "WALL-E," "Wendy and Lucy" and "The Wrestler."

The 10 outstanding TV shows of the year are "Breaking Bad," "In Treatment," "John Adams," "Life," "Lost," "Mad Men," "The Office," "Recount," "The Shield" and "The Wire."

The AFI will honor the creative ensembles behind the films and series at its AFI Awards 2008 luncheon on Jan. 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.

Two 13-person juries deliberated over the weekend to reach the choices.

The motion picture jury consisted of chair Leonard Maltin along with Jeanine Basinger, Mary Corey, Mark Harris, Jim Hosney, Rick Jewell, Elvis Mitchell, Daniel Petrie Jr., Tom Pollock, Richard Schickel, Vivian Sobchack, Anne Thompson and Robert Towne.

The TV jury consisted of chair Richard Frank along with Neal Baer, John Caldwell, Jean Picker Firstenberg, Mary McNamara, Kathleen Nolan, James Poniewozik, Del Reisman, Matt Roush, Ellen Seiter, John Shaffner, Beretta E. Smith-Shomade and Tony To.

To qualify in the film category, a movie had to be a narrative fiction feature longer than 60 minutes "with significant creative and/or production elements from the United States." The television category was open to narrative fiction projects, whether series, movie or miniseries, with significant creative elements from the U.S., that first aired for American audiences during primetime.
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