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AFI Top 10: Surprises and snubs

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The American Film Institute announced its annual top 10 list over the weekend, adding a dash of spice to the awards race by including blockbuster Iron Man and tiny indies Frozen River and Wendy and Lucy. Slumdog Millionaire wasn’t eligible, it being the American Film Institute and all. But the real news here is the omission of Doubt and Revolutionary Road. Viewed as an aggregate, the top 10s from the AFI, National Board of Review, and Broadcast Film Critics Association often very accurately help predict the eventual Oscar nominees. In the last six years, no American film has scored a Best Picture nomination without landing on at least two of the three lists. Doubt, meanwhile, has only been cited by the Broadcast Critics, and failed to earn a Golden Globe nod for Best Drama despite picking up five nominations in the acting and screenplay categories. And Revolutionary Road didn’t make any of the three lists. At this point, some acting nominations still seem like a given. But both films will need a strong showing from the guild awards to have a shot at making the big dance. Here’s the AFI list.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Frozen River
Gran Torino
Iron Man
Wendy and Lucy
The Wrestler

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