The Academy will announce their Oscar Nominations on January 13th. I am here to let the Voting Body know whose name I want to hear during the nomination announcements.
Ricky: Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name
The return of Eddie Murphy was one of the big highlights of 2019. His portrayal of Ruddy Ray Moore was one of the years best performances. The moment he entered the screen, I knew we were in for a RIDE!!!!!
But the story within the movie that was told was conveyed in ways that you felt like getting up and tackling whatever project you have been putting off for years.
Murphy gave a very layered performance, starting with a man who was in most eyes “past his prime”. He was the opener for the local band and just was lost in the shuffle. But the one thing that stood out, he hustled, trying to get the local radio guy to play his tunes or trying to come up with ways to be fresh and new.
Once it clicked and the ball started getting rolling, we saw someone who found their confidence again. As he walked into the club, he was dressed to kill and killing is what he did. He just oozed swagger and as he told the first joke, all the way to the last one, Ruddy was back and he was better than ever.
Ruddy doesn’t just shoot for the moon, he wants the moon. After turning entering the stages of the successful comedy album, Ruddy bet on himself to make a movie, one in which NO ONE wanted to see him make.
Murphy is Ruddy Ray Moore in more ways than one. We witnessed Ruddy turnover a new leaf, find his mojo per say but at the same time we witness the return of Murphy. He had an absolute blast playing this role and you can see it.
We saw Murphy on SNL (produced the highest ratings in 11 years) and we are getting a Coming 2 America and another Beverly Hills Cop.
Eddie Murphy and Ruddy Ray Moore might not have had the same path but they both showcased they were worthy of a great comeback.
Academy voters I ask to not forget about Murphy’s masterful performance in this wonderful movie.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.