Robert Downey Jr. is not among the people Disney sent out for the consideration for Oscars.
'Avengers: Endgame' was a game-changing movie which assembled one of the biggest spectacle ever put on screen and one of the leading characters in the movie and the entire 23 movie MCU saga was 'Iron-Man.' The character kicked it all off with the amazing first Iron-Man movie and laid the groundwork for one of the most successful franchises in the history of filmmaking.
There is a lot which went into the movies to get them to a place where they are now, but the one glaring reason why the movies work is because of the amazing casting of actors into the roles. Marvel was stuck with mostly “B” and “C” characters when they decided to make the movies on their own.
The crown jewel of Marvel, 'Spider-Man,' was sold off Sony to save them from bankruptcy, the first family of Marvel, 'Fantastic Four,' were other characters along with 'X-Men' which were sold to the 20th Century Fox. All of these characters left and the ones left were the ones which people were not interested in much, but now those characters they were stuck with became the biggest in the world and it was all because of the actors who became synonymous with the characters on and off-screen.
But the greatest casting of them all was the hiring of Robert Downey Jr. to play 'Tony Stark' in the first-ever Iron-Man and since then he’s been the anchor of the MCU. After appearances in multiple movies, own and others, the culmination of his character came in the cathartic final movie of the 11 year Marvel saga and the ending was something almost all the people in the world connected with.
There were talks of the actor getting nominated for an Oscar with multiple outlets calling it one of the greatest performances of the year and the fans also agreeing he should be getting a nomination whether the actor wins the award or not.
Well, Disney released its “For Your Consideration” notice and one person was missing from Disney’s submission for the Oscars. Robert Downey Jr. was nowhere to be seen in the list which included Kevin Feige for best movie, The Russos for directing and Markus and McFeely for adapted screenplay. They submitted names for technical aspects of the award ceremony bust no names were put forth for the acting category.
Oscars are not known for their kind gaze on blockbusters and superhero movies which is probably why the studio decided not to put Robert’s name in the mix or maybe it was Robert who just didn’t feel like jumping through all the hoops to get the votes to become the best actor. But everyone in agreement he deserved some recognition and in some way, this feels like lack of confidence from Disney, and also lack of gratitude, whether he gets the recognition or not Disney needed to push for the nomination, which they did not.
When asked about the possibility of Robert getting the nomination for Oscar the Russo Brothers said, “I just want to stump for one thing, and that’s Robert Downey. I don’t know if I have ever seen — in movie history — a global audience reacts to performance the way they did to Robert Downey in that movie.”
They were in awe of the acting and they were in awe of the reaction people gave to the acting which is why the brothers thought Robert deserved a nomination about a month ago. “There were people bawling in movie theaters, hyperventilating. I mean, that is a profound performance, when you can touch audiences all over the world to that degree. We’ve never seen anything like that, and if that doesn’t deserve an Oscar, I don’t know what does.”
Robert walked away with over $70 million in total earnings so he is probably not shedding any tear for the award nomination. Still, it is one of the best performances by an actor in recent memory, maybe not for the actor, but for the fans, a nomination for the actor was overdue.
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