Mickey Rourke & Robert Downey Jr. In Line For An Oscar
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - Since 1929, they have stood as the mark of appreciation for the global film industry, and inherent in the value of each award has been the need to recognize artistic and technical achievement in motion pictures. In Hollywood, California, an artistic community from all parts of the world has grown and formed a huge industry that creates escapism, joy, mystery and human statement using the latest in motion picture imagery and the highest levels of acting, directing and production capabilities. So on Sunday February 22, 2009, the 81st Academy Awards comes to the stage and each winner will arrive to complete their journey of merit through the receipt of an Oscar as a mark of appreciation of their world-class motion picture skills. Two actors in line for an Oscar are Mickey Rourke and Robert Downey Jr.
Rourke (left photo) and Downey Jr (right) were at the Awards Luncheon for Oscar nominees earlier this month in Hollywood, California to support the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Mickey Rourke is up for the award for Actor In A Leading Role for his portrayal of Randy "The Ram" Robinson in the movie "The Wrestler". Robert Downey Jr. has been nominated in the category Actor In A Supporting Role for his excellent performance of Kirk Lazarus in the movie "Tropic Thunder".
For Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler" has brought his professional career into the limelight and its great to see his artistic talent flourish along with the appreciation of his acting ability through an Oscar nomination. The character he plays in the film, Randy "The Ram" Robinson is a failing professional wrestler who is faced with a life changing event when he suffers a career threatening serious injury and must look outisde of 'the box' for a new direction.
Rourke is up against four other actors for the Oscar on Sunday and they are Richard Jenkins in "The Visitor" (Overture Films), Frank Langella in "Frost/Nixon" (Universal Pictures), Sean Penn in "Milk" (Focus Features) and Brad Pitt in "Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
Robert Downey Jr transforms himself into the character of another actor in "Tropic Thunder", which is actually a movie within a movie, as Downey Jr. plays Kirk Lazarus, a white Australian Actor who embeds himself permanently into the role of an African American soldier in Vietnam movie that is under production in Vietnam. All goes wrong when the actors are mistaken for real soldiers and a fight for life ensues. Its actually a brilliant film in the way it mixes comedy with serious drama at the same time, so viewers should be able to appreciate it from these two angles, whilst they sit out of harms way within reality as the audience.