October 19, 2012 at 11:03 am #540395
Choose. Which of these broadly comedic (yet Oscar-nominated) performances is your favorite?October 19, 2012 at 11:55 am #540397
RDJ put so much into that role and took a big chance performing in blackface. I genuinely believe that, if the rankings were released, he would have been in a (distant) second behind Ledger.October 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm #540398
There is no question. Melissa McCarthy, by far!October 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm #540399
A close call, but I would pick RDJ over McCarthy.October 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm #540400
Agree FNLFan, close call, but went with DowneyOctober 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm #540401
Melissa McCarthy. That performance was just outstanding!!!October 19, 2012 at 7:19 pm #540402
RDJOctober 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm #540403
Downey Jr., by far!!October 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm #540404
Melissa McCarthy! I found her performance more hilarious.October 20, 2012 at 7:42 am #540405
He was excellent and this role gave him an amazing comebackOctober 20, 2012 at 7:52 am #540406
RDJ… For me it’s no contest. He’s playing an Aussie playing a black man…in a war film.. Who at one point uses an Asian accent while still using the vocal inflections that he created for the black character.. It’s just too funny. And RDJ committed to the role 100% and absolutely nailed it. If not for Ledger’s incredible performance in ‘The Dark Knight’, I’d have picked RDJ that year.October 20, 2012 at 8:23 am #540407
Oh lord… RDJr stans coming out to play… lol! Anywho, Melissa was better.October 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm #540408
No contest – McCarthy.
I found Robert Downey Jr’s performance to be overrated and I preferred Tom Cruise over Robert Downey Jr.October 23, 2012 at 9:06 am #540409
See I didn’t get the love for Cruise’s performance. I preferred McConaughey to Cruise. The think with Cruise in these roles (Magnolia, Tropic Thunder, Rock of Ages) is that he never seems to let you forget that he’s still Tom Cruise playing the role. He doesn’t quite fully give up the movie star trappings. In Jerry Maguire and Rainman, that was brilliantly effective. In playing character roles, not so much.
But Rock of Ages had major issues anyway, but that’s another thread.
Both MM and RDJ were thankfully nominated for their great comic performances.