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'J. Edgar,' 'Bridesmaids' named top movies of year

Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kristen Wiig and Ellie Kemper are seen in a movie still for 'Bridesmaids.' (Universal Studios)

December 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
"J. Edgar," "The Descendants" and "Bridesmaids" were named in the American Film Institute's list of movies of the year.

Also among the qualified feature films chosen for the annual awards were "The Help," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Hugo," "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball," "The Tree of Life" and "War Horse."

Trophies will be presented to winners on Jan. 13 at a luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel.

The silent film "The Artist" and the "Harry Potter" series will receive special awards given to outstanding achievements in the moving image that do not match AFI's standard criteria.

City News Service contributed to this report.