Marvel Fans Petition In Their Droves To Get Robert Downy Jr. An Oscar

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Film
Published 07.10.19
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After his iconic performance as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the MCU, thousands of Marvel fans are petitioning to get Robert Downy Jr the Oscars nod in the upcoming Academy Awards.

Since 2008, Robert Downy Jr has been synonymous with Tony Stark. He’s the perfect example of what can happen when you get casting just right, and everything about his performances in the MCU – bar a couple of scripts that he couldn’t control – has been absolutely top notch.

The fact that he – and other Marvel-related things – consistently get overlooked for any award that isn’t for special effects or some kind of “Teen Choice” hat-tip feeds into the whole idea that film associations will try their hardest to ignore anything that doesn’t immediately fall into stories based on true events, lazy social commentary or painfully depressing drama.

Just because a film has CGI and explosions every now and then doesn’t mean it’s not a good film. I’m all for cooling down on the incessant production of movies starring The Rock that all seem to be the same, but come on, some of the MCU films are genuinely great.

On top of that, say what you like about the gratuitous use of CGI and the like, but you can’t take away from the acting that takes place in films like Avengers: Endgame. I maintain that Robert Downy Jr did far more acting in that one film that Leonardo DiCaprio did in The Revenant, the only difference is that one of those films had a muted colour palette, pretentious voice-overs from a Native American woman and was a bloody marathon to get through.

With that, many other people feel the same way and after Disney released their list of categories in which they’re entering Endgame in for the Oscars, fans were devastated to see that Downy Jr wasn’t there as best actor.

Since we’re now living in 2019, they didn’t take this lying down, and instead made a petition in a bid to see their favourite actor get the nod from the Academy Awards. At the time of writing, it has over 3000 signatures.

The petition reads:

We, the undersigned, were so moved by Mr. Robert Downey Jr.’s performance as Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame that we believe he is unquestionably deserving of the Academy’s Award for Best Actor. The creative choices he made and immense depth of emotional energy he infused in Tony Stark forged an unforgettable experience for the viewers.

Though we acknowledge that our efforts can in no way directly influence the Academy’s election process, we do hope that this document will serve as a reminder to Academy members that Mr. Downey’s powerful performance has indeed directly influenced innumerable lives across the world.

Thank you for your consideration.”

I’m not usually one to jump on these crazes and petitions, but I’d say I’m probably on board with this one.

Meanwhile, Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo think Downy Jr should get the nod, explaining to the Daily Beast:

I don’t know if I have ever seen—in movie history – a global audience – react to a performance the way they did to Robert Downey in that movie. There were people bawling in movie theaters, hyperventilating.

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.

I’ll probably kick myself but I can’t think of any other films from this year that could contend. I’ve not seen Joker or The Irishman yet so we’ll have to wait and see.

Images via Disney

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