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December 29, 2008

Dr. Horrible, Hulu make AFI list


Odds-on Oscar favorite "Slumdog Millionaire," Emmy hunter/gatherer Tina Fey, ground-breaking musical webisodes from Joss Whedon and Barack Obama's historic election all have something in common, because the AFI says they do.

Members of the American Film Institute, list-makers extraordinaire, have compiled the eight "Moments of Significance in Film, TV and the Web" for 2008 and, oddly, didn't include the smack-Bush-with-a-shoe game. Oversight!

What made the grade? The aforementioned rags-to-riches-with-torture-along-the-way tale, "Slumdog," which was left off the AFI's 10 best movies of the year because it's a British, not American, production. A make good? No real criticism here, since the Mumbai-set drama deserves all the wet kisses it's getting.

NUP_132967_0009 Fey was honored for her Emmy-winning "30 Rock" and her scary accurate Sarah Palin impersonation on "Saturday Night Live," as was Whedon for "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" with an adorably pitch-perfect Neil Patrick Harris.

Read the rest (hint: Hulu) here.

Not to be outdone in the list-making arena, THR's film critics have chosen their best-of for '08, and it's a mixed bag of boxoffice behemoths like "The Dark Knight" and "WALL-E" along with indies "The Visitor," "Frozen River" and "Paranoid Park" and foreign-language flicks such as "The Edge of Heaven" and "Waltz With Bashir."

Check here for the full kudos.


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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

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