AFI's Top 10 Movies of 2008 - Honoring a Year of Excellence
by Alex Billington
December 14, 2008
The American Film Institute has announced its "official selections" as part of the AFI Awards 2008, an "almanac that records the year's most outstanding achievements in film and television, as well as significant moments in the world of the moving image." The reason why these may seem to be just a bit off, or sometimes a bit pretentious, are because the selections are made by AFI's 13-person jury that is made up of scholars, film artists, critics and AFI trustees. The good news - at least two superhero movies made it onto the list this year, as did a number of other great films. Read on to see AFI's top 10 movies of 2008.
(in alphabetical order)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Wendy and Lucy
Is this a sign of things to come? Does it look like we finally have the short list of Best Picture nominees? Obviously only five of these will make it into the Oscars, but I've got a good feeling all of them will come from this list. Except for Slumdog Millionaire, which will unquestionably get a nomination, but oddly the AFI didn't honor it because, I believe, it wasn't an American film. Either way, it's obvious that the Oscar season is finally starting to take shape. And the one film that continues to be on nearly everyone's list - The Dark Knight. Stay tuned for more year end awards and top 10 lists as they are announced!