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AFI Names Best of 2008 for Movies & TV

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AMC's Mad Men and The Dark Knight starring the late Heath Ledger were among AFI's Top Ten of '08 in TV and film

LA-based American Film Institute (AFI) released their annual official selections for the top ten movies and television programs of 2008. According to the Huffington Post, these "top 10 lists were chosen by two 13-member panels, one each for movies and television. Members included writer Mark Harris, filmmaker Robert Towne, and critics Leonard Maltin, Elvis Mitchell and Richard Schickel."

Not much is surprising on either list, with the movie selection representing the best of the end-of-the year fare (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Gran Turino, Milk) and some mega-hits from a few months back (Wall-e, Dark Knight, Iron Man). In the television arena, dramas and cable programming dominate, with choices like Mad Men, HBO's Recount, In Treatment and John Adams, with only three shows from the major networks: Lost, The Office, and Life.

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The selections are not ranked, and the award-winners will be honored next month by the AFI. The full lists are after the jump.

AFI AWARDS 2008:
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR-OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
FROST/NIXON
FROZEN RIVER
GRAN TORINO
IRON MAN
MILK
WALL-E
WENDY AND LUCY
THE WRESTLER

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR-OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
BREAKING BAD
IN TREATMENT
JOHN ADAMS
LIFE
LOST
MAD MEN
THE OFFICE
RECOUNT
THE SHIELD
THE WIRE