'Wall-E,' 'Torino' win big for '08

The American Film Institute's list of the year's best in film and TV also includes 'The Wire,' 'The Shield.'

By Susan King
The Los Angeles Times
December 15, 2008



The American Film Institute named its best films for 2008 on Sunday afternoon and the big winners were "WALL-E," the Disney/Pixar animated romantic comedy about a lovable robot, and "Gran Torino," Clint Eastwood's drama about a widowed bigot who faces his own prejudices.

The AFI Awards 2008 also recognized a pair of television programs, both critically acclaimed cable cop dramas which concluded this year: FX's "The Shield" and HBO's " The Wire."

Besides "Wall-E" and "Gran Torino," AFI rounded out its 10 outstanding films of the year with the fable-like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; the Batman adventure "The Dark Knight"; the historical drama "Frost/Nixon"; a tale of illegal immigrant smuggling, "Frozen River"; the comic book adventure "Iron Man"; the portrayal of slain gay-rights activist Harvey Milk's life, "Milk"; a drama about a woman and her dog, "Wendy and Lucy"; and a drama about an aging athlete who won't quit, "The Wrestler."
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