AFI List: ‘Hurt Locker,’ ‘Hangover’ — No ‘Avatar’

Cameron’s epic doesn’t make the list, but “Up,” “Up in the Air” do

Last Updated: December 14, 2009 @ 1:37 PM

"The Hurt Locker" and "Up in the Air" were among the films saluted by the American Film Institute in its annual Movies of the Year list, which was released on Sunday afternoon.  

The raucous comedy "The Hangover" also made the list, which did not include presumed Oscar contenders "Avatar," "Invictus," "Nine" and "Inglourious Basterds."

Two animated films, "Up" and "Precious," were included among the ten, as was "Sugar," a low-budget indie about an aspiring pro baseball player from the Dominican Republic.  

Because the list is restricted to American films, acclaimed films like "An Education," "The Last Station" and "The White Ribbon" were ineligible.

The list:


"The Hangover" (right)

"The Hurt Locker"

"The Messenger"


"A Serious Man"

"A Single Man"



"Up in the Air" 

The AFI also honored 10 television programs as the AFI TV Programs of the Year.  Those nominees were "The Big Bang Theory," "Big Love," "Friday Night Lights," "Glee," "Mad Men," "Modern Family," "The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency," "Nurse Jackie," "Party Down" and "True Blood."

More information about the AFI honors is available at the AFI website.