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AFI Awards 2009 Top 10 Movies of the Year Announced

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December 13, 2009

AFI Awards 2009

The American Film Institute today announced the official films of AFI Awards 2009, AFI's "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." This year's selection includes a mix of the true greats of 2009 and some gems that I'm glad to see mentioned. "The AFI Awards 2009 selections are made through AFI's unique 13-person jury process in which scholars, film artists, critics and AFI trustees discuss, debate and determine the most outstanding achievements of the year, as well as provide a detailed rationale for each selection."

AFI Movie of the Year - Official Selections:
Coraline
The Hangover
The Hurt Locker
The Messenger
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
A Serious Man
A Single Man
Sugar
Up
Up in the Air

I'm not sure why they always just choose 10 films, but it's a good selection. Of course, having seen Avatar, I'd like to see it up there, too, but oh well I guess. I'm not sure how The Hangover worked it's way on there, that's another surprise. Sugar is a very underrated film that I'm glad to see getting some love on a best of the year list. And of course, the rest of them are great as well, like The Hurt Locker, A Serious Man, Up, and of course, Up in the Air. You can bet that most of these will probably end up nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars next year. AFI also made an awesome YouTube video highlighting the best films. Check it out:

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  • dex
    What! No Mr.Fantastic Fox??
  • GoodSir
    Hahaaa Eat that, George Clooney!
  • GoodSir
    Hangover has GOT to be #1. You know it's true!!!
  • maxi
    no transformer revenge of the fallen darn.
  • Dan
    No District 9? That's weird most people are saying it's one of the best of the year, weird!
  • The Clergy Ark
    Wheres Avatar?
  • FancyMonocle
    Avatar, Moon, District 9, and Fantastic Mr. Fox would have been some nice choices too. Maybe even Inglorious Basterds. The Hangover was alright, but it certainly doesn't beat those films (though I haven't seen Avatar yet).
  • nelson
    where's gi joe and termiantor salvation LOL
  • Xerxex
    not bad.
  • alex
    where is lost and district 9??
  • ishteaque
    Fuck the awards they are playing politics here
  • leiner
    why the Hangover is here? because it's brilliant! it's a great and well craftted movie disguised as a goofy picture... i agree with most of the films, even with Up.
  • billy
    where is gran torino
  • GoodSir
    #12, that is a damn good question.
  • JC
    Gran Torino is on last year's list
  • lego
    hangover was excellent. but i agree with what 7 said. district 9 and inglorious basterds were 2 of my favs, along with hurt locker. moon was great as well. but sometimes, not saying moon's one of them, great performances don't make a movie great, if u know what i mean. i always thought Up was a little overrated. and Sugar? the one about the baseball kid? really?
  • ImaginaryVisionary
    I still haven't seen a lot of the movies on this list, but I was excited to see the TV show Friday Night Lights on this list! That show is so under rated its sickening! Easily one of my favorite shows on tv for the past 3 years, and no one seems to watch it!
  • Weird-Coma
    District 9 and Moon should definitely have been on this list, instead we get stuff like Precious, which was no where near as great as advertised. The other thing about this list is, most of the movies on here are safe.
  • Shelby
    Sugar is a 2008 movie!!! PWND!!! AFI i guess you better pick another movie and quick before people notice.
  • Ben
    Maybe district 9 isn't there because they don't qualify it as an American Movie. The AFI must have criteria for which movies they choose and maybe Sugar was released after the cutoff for this year. Friday, November 6, 2009 Deadline. AFI will consider eligible any film that fulfills the following criteria: •Feature-Length Motion Picture Narrative fiction format, over 60 minutes in length. • American Motion picture with significant creative and/or production elements from the United States. The motion picture need not be presented in the English language if it is incontrovertibly American. • Theatrically-Released Motion pictures originally released between January 1 and December 31, 2009, which have been publicly exhibited in a commercial theater in Los Angeles for paid admission and screened for at least seven consecutive days.
  • samuel j
    #4 of course theres no transformer. the movie sucked serious balls
  • samuel j
    district nine and inglouriouas basterds should be on this list
  • Clover
    What? No Observe and Report? What no Twi-"lite" ? Really? No Nick Cage crap? In seriousness....D-9 should be in the Top 10.
  • harm
    Seriously no District 9, no Inglorious Basterds, no WATCHMEN!?!? WTH AFI!? Talk about losing credibility. And as for picking a 2008 movie... For SHAME
  • branden
    Someone already mentioned it but I am very surprised that this site didn't mention District 9 after yall were going crazy over it, deservedly so I might add. While I loved The Hangover, I am surprised it is up there over films like D9, Star Trek, Basterds, etc. If they put Hangover in there because of the genre, then the previously mentioned movies should be in there too because of that reason. AFI is damned if they do, damned if they don't though, just like this site haha.
  • indyjack86
    coraline? wtf? that movie blew
  • Nikhil Hariharan
    Yea im shocked to see The Hangover in there, didnt like the movie much. Instead Moon should have taken its place. But Moon and D9 arent produced by American Companies so.... #20 for those details, surprised people still yelling about D9 when they havent read what you wrote. Even though i love Watchmen, i know the film wont appeal to many people, they even needed an Extended Cut to make the movie better, but i know its not worthy of movie of the year awards.
  • stew
    dude, i'm sorry but i really don't understand all the accolades for The Hangover. it was a pretty typical comedy as far as i'm concerned and not even as funny as everyone says. No love for Moon? Or The Road?
  • branden
    "pretty typical" comedies don't make that much at the BO for nothing. And most of the advertising before it was released was word of mouth. Easily best comedy of the year and in the last few years. What are some other good comedies that have come out in the past few years? I'm not saying there isn't any I just want a list to compare.
  • Cineprog
    ? were are all the popular titles Avitar, District 9, Harry Brown, Transofmers Revenge of the fallen, i agree with 28# about The Hangover, i like the Film UP but most of the other title film don't relay get Bumbs on seats which are given by the American film institute, not that over impress with the title chosen. :-(
  • Film Fan
    "The Hangover" is on this list but "Inglorious Basterds", "(500) Days of Summer", "Zombieland", "Sin Nombre", "Star Trek", "In the Loop", "Where the Wild Things Are" and "District 9" aren't!? Give me a fucking break. And Kenneth Brown at Blu-Ray.com sums up my feelings about "The Hangover" best: Hype killed any chance I had to find happiness with The Hangover. For the first three weeks of its theatrical release, friends, colleagues, and critics raved about director Todd Phillips' triumphant return to his Old School roots. Summer moviegoers hoisted it on their shoulders, spreading tales of its infectious humor and seizure-inducing laughs. Reviews declared it the second coming of comedy; a sparkling bastion of hilarity in a sea of hollow blockbusters and dour dramas. But as my credit card slid through the box office window, I felt the pang of inevitable disappointment. Sure enough, The Hangover wasn't the second coming of comedy; it wasn't everything so many told me it would be. After patiently wading through an overwrought, twenty-seven minute first act, I braced myself for an onslaught of laughs. After grinning and chuckling through a half-hour of well-conceived gags, the majority of which had been spoiled by the film's theatrical trailers, I prepared for whatever third-act sucker punches would finally send me into seizures. Sadly, such blows rarely came. The Hangover had certainly entertained me, it even managed to lighten my mood and guarantee itself a spot on my shelf, but it never clinched a spot amongst my go-to comedies. Worth watching? Sure. Worth the wait? Not for me.
  • branden
    #31 he is not a real critic if he waited that long to see the movie. Worth watching? Sure. Worth the wait? Not for me. I could say the same for Basterds and Wild Things.
  • TR2009
    #32, just because he waited doesn't make him less of a critic. Don't be ridiculous. And if you think "The Hangover" is better than "Basterds".... well, then, my condolences.
  • Squiggly_P
    SInce Avatar isn't released yet, it's inclusion wasn't really expected. Honestly, I think Moon deserves to be on the list somewhere. It was great. Black Dynamite should also be on there. That movie was better than any other comedy this year, hands down. I haven't seen a few of these, either, but Where the Wild Things Are is a really odd omission. THAT movie should be nominated for Best Picture, and it will surely get a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, if not win. I really don't understand how that film could be overlooked. District 9 was alright, but it really pissed me off. Could have been such a great movie. Instead they just too one of the best ideas for a film in recent memory and flushed it down the tubes. The only good things that came out of that movie were the guy who played Wickus, and the promise that a sequel might be made that will - hopefully - be written by someone who can see the real potential for storytelling in that universe. Rather than the way the original film was just a bunch of manipulative bullshit with a few really good moments, a couple really awesome characters and one of the lamest third act let-downs I've ever seen. Granted, the last few moments were great, and almost made up for the previous 20 minutes... but that movie was only really playing at full strength right smack in the middle, between the goofy overacting-archetypes intro and the big stupid action climax.
  • Clover
    Squiggly- I do agree with you on Moon and Wild. But in regards to District 9..... YOU COULD NOT BE MORE WRONG!!!! It is obvious you never saw the short "Alive in Johnensberg".
  • Jeeze
    Moon is a British film so it wouldn't be eligible. Notice that An Education and In The Loop aren't on there either.
  • BrojaB
    I dont see why (500) Days of Summer isnt up there. It was better than the Hangover. I enjoyed The Hangover, but its gotten so overrated.

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