A salute to the actor on his 50th birthday
4. "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999)
The role: Dr. William Harford
Nominated for: Blockbuster Award (Favorite Actor - Drama/Romance)
Thoughts: Cruise's performance in Stanley Kubrick's swan song is as underrated as the film itself, because it's as understated as the film itself. (It may be strange to call a near three-hour film that shot for over a year "understated," but that's what it is.) A lot of people praised then-wife Nicole Kidman's performance in the film that year, but it always seemed to me that Cruise was more natural, internalizing a lot and letting it out in just the right measure.