Robert Downey Jr. stopped his own Oscar campaign for Avengers: Endgame


People generally do not need another reason to hate a big company like Disney, but over the weekend, the House of Mouse seemed to give them one anyway. With Avengers: Endgame, the biggest movie not just this year, but ever, Disney is only expected to extend that success beyond box office revenue. For this reason, the studio has officially launched its Oscar campaign "For your Consideration" for the film. The unknowns are not Oscar nominations, but merely an advertising pressure that causes the Academy of Motion Pictures to draw attention to certain candidates that should be considered in the opinion of the studio.

This part made a lot of sense. Which was not a massive blatant gap in the Disney campaign, according to the site's awards page:

Do you notice a missing name there? Many fans soon got annoyed by the fact that Robert Downey Jr. is nowhere to be found. The actor is the father of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with his portrayal of Tony Stark aka Iron Man as one of the most famous and popular characters of the last decade. And from his solo movie in 2008 to his emotional ending in Avengers: Endgame, he has shown one great performance after another. Although most fans would not expect him to win an Oscar for the best actor, he should at least be considered.

Anthony and Joe Russo, the co-directors of Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, you know. Just last month, they sang praise in an interview with The Daily Beast Downey Jr.:

I just want to reveal one thing, and that's Robert Downey … We're not making films for awards. Yes, that was extremely difficult. We shot the two most expensive films of all time in a row. But I just want to tell you one thing, and that's Robert Downey. I do not know if I've ever seen in movie history that a global audience has responded to a performance as it did with Robert Downey in this film. There were people howling and hyperventilating in cinemas. I mean, that's a profound achievement if you can touch audiences around the world to that extent. We've never seen anything like this and if that does not deserve an Oscar, I do not know what that will do.

Jon Favreau, director of the first two Iron Man films, did the same, as he told Variety back in June:

He certainly has my vote. I believe he has spotted the dimensions of the character throughout many, many films and explored what is a piece of his own category. But I have to say that when you look at it, especially how it started and as it does in its performances between the first and & # 39; Endgame & # 39; ended, the character had a really thoughtful bow, both in his performance and in the way all filmmakers contributed to this character.

So, who was to blame for Downey Jr.'s name not being proposed for the awards? Well, actually it was him.

Howard Stern recently guested Downey Jr. on his Sirius XM talk show, expressing his disappointment that the actor was not even considered, and said, "Because it's a superhero movie, they turn their noses up." The performance is excellent. It is an absolutely credible character. Downey Jr. said his failure had absolutely nothing to do with Disney.

I am so glad that you mentioned this because it was talked about (an Oscar campaign). And I said, "Do not leave us."

It's that easy, I think. Of course that does not mean that the Academy Downey Jr. can not nominate for an Oscar. It just means that Disney will not take any initiative to achieve this. Ironically, this may be for the better.

Already in 2009, the actor had been nominated for his role in Tropic Thunder for Best Supporting Actor, but lost to Heath Ledger's legendary performance as a joker in The Dark Knight. If Downey Jr. is nominated for Best Actor this time, he will most likely face Joaquin Phoenix for being the unbelievable Batman villain in Joker. And he would probably lose again. It certainly can not be good for Marvel's image if Iron Man is constantly beaten by the prestigious competition.

Last updated: October 10, 2019


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