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    Announced on Sunday, the list, devoted to U.S. productions, included Pixar/Disney's 3D-animated "Up" (the No. 3 film to date with $293 million in domestic grosses) and Warner Bros.' boys-gone-wild comedy "The Hangover" (No. 4 with $277 million) but did not include James Cameron's "Avatar," which already is being lauded for its groundbreaking effects work.

    Instead, the 13-person AFI jury opted for a second 3D-animated film, "Coraline"; two movies dealing with the impact of the Iraq War, "The Hurt Locker" and "The Messenger"; "Precious," the tale of an abused inner-city teenager; "A Serious Man," which follows a Job-like character as he faces life's setbacks; "A Single Man," which centers on a gay widower; "Sugar," a sports drama about a Dominican-born baseball player; and "Up in the Air," which focuses on a corporate-downsizing expert.

    A separate jury selected the year's outstanding TV programs: CBS' "The Big Bang Theory"; HBO's "Big Love," "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" and "True Blood"; "NBC's "Friday Night Lights"; Fox's "Glee"; AMC's "Mad Men"; ABC's "Modern Family"; Showtime's "Nurse Jackie"; and Starz's "Party Down."
    'Hangover,' 'Up' on AFI's top 10 film list
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