EW's Top 25 Entertainers of the Year - Robert Downey Jr. Makes #1

November 15, 2008

Robert Downey Jr.

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
14. Wall-E
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

What do you think about EW's choices? Is there anyone key that they left off?

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  • Daas
    Hell yeah, Tony Stark deserves it!
  • BadKarma
    Cool Beans Downeys the man , loved the guy in Natural Born Killers hes like the everyman and Dark Knight made it ........Death to the critics!
  • He's the right choice as his personal comeback is really the big story. The talent was always there!Elizabeth Banks at 16 is solid. She's becoming a force in movies and is very good in everything she plays in! Chuck
  • Evan
    Woo Gossip Girl at #4!
  • Crossix
    Congrats to Elizabeth Banks as well! There are very, very few actresses in Hollywood that can deliver both dramatic and comedic performances as well as she. In fact, I really can't think of another actress who better offers that combo. The attention Banks is receiving is long overdue. Bravo to her.
  • tzarinna
    I've only finished reading Downey and Fey's articles last night. Congrats to Downey!
  • Laser-beak
    So, I'm assuming Heath Ledger's role as Joker doesn't count as an enertainer?? What gives??
  • Kail
    Every trailer in front of Nick and Norah had Elizabeth Banks in it, like 5 of them were bro movies and 1 was a drama, me and my friends laughed so hard at that. Needless to say other than me farting at the most sensitive moment in the movie, that was the only good part
  • Jason H
    Heath Ledger easily better than all Downey's movie performances this year......combined
  • Elijah A.
    1. Robert Downey Jr. ("Iron Man? That's kinda catchy.") 2. "Dark Knight" crew (fantastic job to everyone involved, Heath was amazing) 3. Neil Patrick Harris. (Dr. Horrible was my favorite movie/tv show/anything this year. NPH's acting, in my ,off-the-top-of-my-head, opinion was 3rd only to Heath Ledger as the Joker and RDJ as Iron Man.)
  • Angelo
    Elizabeth Banks, 5 stars.
  • big r
    Robert Downey Jr. is fukin awesome!
  • Hyacinth
    Robert Downey Jr. finally gets the overdue hype he deserves :)
  • icke
    EW also announced early this year that TDK will only make 250 million at the box office. They are the worst, downey is being over hyped and he is a dumb actor at this point- very lucky guy never the less. H ecame out saying that TDK was nonsensehat he didn't get the whole ending of the film. Idiot.
  • Lady Aerin
    Personally, I still don't like Sex and the City, but I can appreciate its success. I don't pay much attention to new music and I don't have time to watch TV so I can't dispute those choices, but I pretty much agree with all the other stuff. (I think including Facebook is hilarious, even more so for being accurate. I hate MySpace, but I Facebook.) I'm really glad to see Neil Patrick Harris included, even though he's not as big as the other heavyweights. Knowing that's he's on the board of the Magic Castle just makes him that much cooler.




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