Robert Downey Jr. has millions of fans, including Jon Favreau.
The actors starred opposite each other in the year’s box office hit “Avengers: Endgame” as Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man (Downey Jr.) and Happy Hogan (Favreau), but Favreau is hoping Downey Jr. will get the award season recognition he deserves.
“He has my vote for sure,” Favreau recently told Variety. “I think he was able to discover and explore dimensions of the character over the course of many, many films, which is a bit of its own category.”
He continued, “But I have to say that if you look at, especially how it began and how it ended in his performances between the first one and ‘Endgame,’ there was a really thoughtful arc to the character, both in his performance and how all the filmmakers contributed to that character.”
Favreau isn’t the first person to suggest that Downey Jr. should get an Oscar. The Russo Brothers, who directed “Avengers: Endgame”, previously told the Washington Post that “he deserves an Oscar perhaps more than anyone in the last 40 years because of the way that he has motivated popular culture.”
Superhero nominations at the Oscars are uncommon, last year’s “Black Panther” was the first Marvel film to receive a Best Picture nomination while individual actors have only seen one win, Heath Ledger’s Joker won an Oscar for Supporting Actor in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”. Michael B. Jordan’s supporting role in “Black Panther” received a lot of buzz but ultimately missed out.
Downey Jr. has two Oscar nominations under his belt, Best Actor for “Chaplin” and Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Tropic Thunder”.