AWARDS NEWS: “Iron Man”, “The Dark Knight” among AFI’s Top Ten of 2008

The American Film Institute named its annual Top Ten list today, and it was full of surprises. One of AFI's criteria is that a film has "significant creative and/or production elements from the United States." That means odds-on Oscar favorite Slumdog Millionaire was out of the running, since it was filmed primarily in India.

But also left off the list were movies including Doubt, The Reader, and Revolutionary Road, which have all been on at least one best list so far.

The AFI Top Ten, in alphabetical order:

"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"

The biggest surprise was the inclusion of Iron Man, which had yet to make the year end lists, so it's a triumph for that superhero flick. The rest are not real surprises, although Gran Torino has not been on as many lists as many had thought it would be.

More Year End awards as they come in…