29 December 2009 6:35 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The American Film Institute has released its list of 2009's "Moments of Significance" and hailed James Cameron's "Avatar" as one of the "events" of 2009. Yet, the film wasn't chosen as one of the year's best movies. (Take a look at AFI's Top 10 of 2009 right here)

But their picks are quite intriguing -- Twitter, Reality Shows, Leno, Michael Jackson. Here's the complete AFI Moments of Significance:

AFI Moments Of Significance

Avatar - James Cameron.S Milepost In The Evolution Of The Art Form

James Cameron.s pioneering effort to unleash the human imagination was fully realized in 2009 with the release of Avatar, a film that firmly established itself as a landmark in the way stories are told.

With an army of technological wizards at his side, writer/director/producer/co-editor Cameron called upon the forces of art and technology to create new tools for storytelling that are groundbreaking in both scope and scale. »

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