- A white actor portraying a white actor playing a black soldier in a movie may not seem the funniest of scenarios, but Robert Downey Jr. in "Tropic Thunder" made it one of the most memorable roles of the year. - Pixar created a memorable character as well, releasing "Wall-E." The story of the curious, lovable robot may have had over-the-top green themes, but the humanity at its heart won over audiences. - And humanity was the key ingredient in " Slumdog Millionaire." Though stars Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto got much of the spotlight, it was the kids who played their younger selves that endeared crowds to the Oscar-winning film.
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