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AFI's top 10 movie list includes shocking snubs – as usual (Hey, where's 'Avatar'?)

December 13, 2009 |  6:23 pm

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The American Film Institute named the top 10 films of 2009 today: "Coraline," "The Hangover," "The Hurt Locker," "The Messenger," "Precious," "A Serious Man," "A Single Man," "Sugar," "Up" and "Up in the Air."

Notable snubs include "Avatar," "Inglourious Basterds," "Invictus," "The Road" and "Star Trek." It's likely that a few of those will make the top 10 Oscar list for best picture, considering that the AFI roster usually snubbed films that went on to be nominated for top academy prize back when there were only five contenders.

Recent examples include "The Reader" (2008) and "Atonement" (2007). Heck, AFI even snubbed an eventual Oscar winner — "The Departed" (2006). The institute also snubbed last year's victor "Slumdog Millionaire," but it was a foreign production that wasn't eligible.

See the full AFI list here, including the TV top 10, which also includes surprising snubs: no "30 Rock," "Lost," "Dexter," etc.

Photo: "Avatar," by 20th Century Fox

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