EW's Top 25 Entertainers of the Year - Robert Downey Jr. Makes #1
by Alex Billington
November 15, 2008
We're getting to that time of the year when everyone starts ranking the best of everything. Entertainment Weekly kicks off this year's considerations with a big list of their own - The 25 Entertainers of the Year. Unfortunately it spans more than just movies and actors, but that's no problem, we'll manage. Their top pick this year is Robert Downey Jr. We all already know why he's great and are even quite supportive of his Tropic Thunder Oscar campaign. In addition to Downey Jr., there are 6 more actors, and a few more cinematic nuggets, on their list that are worth checking out and arguing about, if you so choose. Take a look!
You can see the full list over here. I've only listed their picks below that pertain specifically to movies.
1. Robert Downey Jr.
2. Tina Fey
3. Cast and Crew of The Dark Knight
8. The Women of Sex and the City
11. Meryl Streep
13. James Franco
16. Elizabeth Banks
22. Richard Jenkins
25. Neil Patrick Harris
I'm already happy to see that they chose two of my own top favorites from this year - Wall-E and The Dark Knight. And I'm sure both choices will start endless debates over how good or bad they each are, but the fact is, they're both phenomenal films, even if you didn't truly enjoy one or the other. As for Downey Jr., he deserves it, there's no question about that - he is one hell of an entertainer. "Why am I having this year?" Downey Jr. asks EW. "To tell you the truth, I haven't fully digested what's happened to me before, during, and after Iron Man. Tropic Thunder seems like it happened 25 minutes ago. Time is not entirely linear. It's all so associative." You can read the rest of the full feature article on Downey Jr. over on EW.com.
What do you think about EW's choices? Is there anyone key that they left off?