Jon Favreau Calls for The Academy to Make Robert Downey Jr. an Oscar Nominee

Jon Favreau Calls for The Academy to Make Robert Downey Jr. an Oscar Nominee. The director of the first Iron Man film, Co-Star, and friend to Robert Downey Jr. calls for RDJ’s early consideration for an Oscar for his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man.

“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. 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.”

Robert Downey Jr. has played the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man since the very first Iron Man film and his career spans over a decade of films with either lead roles or fun cameos sprinkled through out the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

During a conversation with Variety during a promotion for his new Netflix cooking show The Chef Show, Favreau stated “He has my vote for sure”, in reference to RDJ being considered for an Oscar.

“I’m glad I got to be a part of it and be there for those meaningful scenes as an actor, but also to be there as a friend, and to watch him explore things deeply through a character [when] you don’t normally have that opportunity,” said Favreau. “And he took full advantage of it.”

“The Marvel crowd, that’s a family, For over a decade,” Favreau said. “So, when it’s Robert and I, we have this whole shared experience of what we’ve been through. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him cook a lot of stuff.”

Favreau will appear again in the MCU as Happy Hogan in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home coming to theaters July 2.

Robert Downey Jr. also has the support of his Avengers directors, who told the Washington Post the Iron Man star’s “cumulative body of work from these movies is staggering.”

“If you look at the work over just even the last four [Marvel] films he’s done, it’s phenomenal… He deserves an Oscar perhaps more than anyone in the last 40 years because of the way that he has motivated popular culture,” Joe Russo said.

And because of Downey’s “heartbreaking” final turn as ‘Earth’s Greatest Defender’, “He has the world in tears right now.”

There is no doubting if the talent, dedication, and time Downey has put into the role of Tony over the last decade makes him more than deserving of the “Best Actor” nomination, and potential winner at The Academy Awards in 2020. An actor who’s co-stars, directors, and fans all believe he deserves proper recognition come awards season is any proper contender for such a prestigious award.

Only time will tell if The Academy will listen to the pleas of Robert Downey Jr.’s supporters, and if he will get the recognition he deserves for a role he was born to play.

Photo Credit: Marvel Studios

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