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American Film Institute's Picks its Top Entertainment for 2009: A Few Gays Allowed!

American Film Institute's Picks its Top Entertainment for 2009: A Few Gays Allowed!

The American Film Institute has released its lists of the top film and TV series of 2009, and Fox's Glee was among TV selections, while Precious and its lesbian teacher landed a film mention. Glee was joined by lesbian favorites True Blood, Nurse Jackie, Party Down featuring Jane Lynch, Modern Family, Mad Men with hottie January Jones, The No. 1 Ladies' Dective Agency, andBig Love.

In going with the theme of year's best lists, the American Film Institute has released its lists of the top film and TV series of 2009, and to no surprise, Fox's musical sensation Glee was among its TV selections, while Precious and its lesbian teacher landed a film mention.

The 13-person jury's official film selections also featured the Kathryn Bigelow-directed Iraq War movie The Hurt Locker, which also selected the year's best picture by the New York film critics.

Among its other year's best included the George Clooney, Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga tome on job losses and love, Up in the Air, which is collecting prizes hand over fist en route to a likely Oscar best picture nomination.

Rounding out the film nods are the animated Coraline and Up; the testosterone-fueled Vegas comedy The Hangover; a second Iraq War film, The Messenger; A Serious Man; A Single Man; and the baseball tale Sugar.

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On the TV side, Glee was joined by lesbian favorites True Blood; Nurse Jackie, which featured Dr. Coop's lesbian mothers; Party Down, featuring Jane Lynch; ABC's rookie hit Modern Family; CBS' can-do geeks in love smash The Big Bang Theory; Mad Men with uber-babe January Jones; the Jill Scott starrer The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency; polygamy tale Big Love; and the football-themed Friday Night Lights.

For a clip reel, check out the AFI's year's best here:

Among the films notable for missing from the AFI's list, James Cameron's decade-in-the-works Avatar was not included. The CGI-heavy film starring Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver is likely to figure heavily come Academy Awards time and is expected to score multiple nominations, including in the best picture race, which this year will feature 10 nominees.

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Winners for this year's AFI Awards will be recognized Jan. 15; the film jury also featured Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black; the TV jury featured TV Academy president John Shaffner, among others.

Last year's TV selections included Mad Men, the only repeat featured this year; Lost, NBC's The Office, The Wire, The Shield, Recount, Life, the John Adams miniseries, In Treatment and Breaking Bad.

The 2008 movie selections featured Black's Milk, The Dark Knight, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Frozen River, Gran Torino, Iron Man, WALL-E, Wendy and Lucy as well as The Wrestler.

What TV shows and films do you feel were left off 2009's list?

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