After months of downplaying his interest in campaigning for an Academy Award for his performance as Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame, Robert Downey Jr. has now been officially submitted by Disney for consideration for Best Supporting Actor.
Downey Jr. isn’t the only Endgame actor being pushed for a Best Supporting Actor nomination, as Disney has also submitted Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Paul Rudd, and Don Cheadle for award consideration.
Similarly, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, and Brie Larson were also submitted by Disney for consideration for Best Supporting Actress.
Now, some of these are clearly more serious than others, as I don’t think Disney believes that Gweneth Paltrow and her 10 minutes of bookended screentime is actually worth award consideration.
However, when it comes to the case of Downey Jr. — who has been at the forefront of the movie industry’s evolution over the last decade — an A-lister with his sort of cache and acting chops could certainly sneak in a nomination, if not for strictly ceremonial purposes.
All that said, while Downey Jr. may certainly be worth the nomination (and for my money, will get said nomination), I’m not sure he’s even the most qualified of Endgame‘s sprawling cast, as I’d argue that it’s actually Chris Hemsworth who put forth the film’s strongest performance.
In addition to the various actors that have been submitted to the supporting categories, Disney also has submitted Endgame for Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects, and Original Score.
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