This past weekend saw the release of Avengers: Endgame, a film that served as the culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, which started in 2008 with Iron Man. Everything that fans know and love about the MCU are thanks to the strength of that first installment, whose victory lays primarily on the shoulders of Robert Downey Jr. and his performance of Tony Stark. After 11 years of playing the character in nine different films (10 including his The Incredible Hulk cameo), fans think his acting skills went above and beyond expectations in Endgame, leading a movement of fans to take to social media to claim that the actor deserves an Academy Award.
Superhero films aren't known to win over members of the Academy, with even a film like Black Panther being overlooked in acting and directing categories, even after scoring a Best Picture nomination. To say Downey has his work cut out for him would be a bit of an understatement, with many more months and dozens of films to consider before nominations are officially confirmed.
The actor was previously nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Tropic Thunder, which he ultimately lost to Heath Ledger for his performance of the Joker in The Dark Knight. While the odds might not be in his favor, some fans are taking to Twitter to share their desires to see the actor earn the award.
Scroll down to see what fans are saying about Downey getting an Oscar for Avengers: Endgame.
@RobertDowneyJr p.s lol I really don’t think there’s a more Oscar worthy performance as an actor as you hitting the best snap 👌 in the existence of film and my soul among 330 million others being ripped out in the last 20 minutes of #endgame— jasontwitten (@BigBenXXX1987) May 3, 2019
Absolutely. I’m not big on superhero movies getting Oscars, but this is the career/comeback Oscar Robert Downey Jr fully deserves https://t.co/IqEDoRysSm— Jeff (@jkjak13) May 3, 2019
robert downey jr. embodied iron man. he is iron man. he DESERVES an oscar. https://t.co/BKM6WZagq2— • (@unhelpfuly0da) May 3, 2019
@RomyBoy2184 Hey, RomyBoy. I watched your review for Avengers: Endgame.— TurbulentCinema (@CinemaTurbulent) May 3, 2019
No. 1. It was absolutely awesome and I agree 100%.
No. 2. There needs to be some way the Oscars need to push Robert Downey, Jr for Best Actor.
Hey @TheAcademy, Robert Downey Jr. has been the linchpin of the @MarvelStudios Cinematic Universe since it began in 2008, playing @Iron_Man / Tony Stark in 10 different films. It’s time for him to win an Oscar. #VanityFair https://t.co/vIcTxeOFQF— Randall Scott (@randall_scott) May 2, 2019
i’m not saying that robert downey jr deserves an oscar for carrying an entire movie franchise for 11 years and being one of the best actors of our time but that’s exactly what i’m saying— sam loves cevans (@suupasam) May 3, 2019
I have now seen Avengers Endgame twice and I demand an Oscar nomination for Robert Downey Jr.— Julia (@juliakakish) May 3, 2019