The American Film Institute has named top 10 US movies of the year, including critical favourites like The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Wall-E and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
But it snubbed other movies considered top contenders for the Oscars like Doubt, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and The Visitor. Slumdog Millionaire, frequently mentioned as an awards season contender, wasn't cited because it is a foreign production.
Also making the institute's top 10 list were Frost/Nixon, Milk, Frozen River, Gran Torino, Wendy and Lucy, and The Wrestler.
The list is chosen by a jury made up of critics, industry insiders and film academics. It was chaired by Entertainment Tonight film critic Leonard Maltin.