Robert Downey Jr. Grabs Oscar Gold, Thanks Wife Susan, and Praises Cast and Crew of ‘Oppenheimer’

Robert Downey Jr. wins Best Supporting Actor at Oscars, humorously thanks wife Susan and praises ‘Oppenheimer’ cast.

Robert Downey Jr. wins Best Supporting Actor at Oscars, humorously thanks wife Susan and praises 'Oppenheimer' cast.
Robert Downey Jr. Oscars 2024. (PHOTO: via people, patrick t. fallon/afp via getty images)

In a night filled with stellar performances and heartfelt speeches, Robert Downey Jr. emerged victorious at the 2024 Oscars, clinching the Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal in “Oppenheimer.”

The star’s win was not only a celebration of his talent but also a testament to the support he received from his wife, Susan Downey.

From the moment he stepped onto the stage, Downey Jr. injected humor into his acceptance speech, quipping about his “terrible childhood” and playfully thanking his “veterinarian— I meant wife— Susan Downey” for rescuing him and loving him back to life.

This lighthearted moment showcased the actor’s charm and wit, endearing him even further to the audience.

But it wasn’t just jokes that filled Downey Jr.’s speech. He took the time to express gratitude to the cast and crew of “Oppenheimer,” acknowledging the pivotal role they played in his journey.

With heartfelt words, he credited director Christopher Nolan, producer Emma Thomas, and his fellow cast members—Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, and Matt Damon—for their contributions to the film.

Reflecting on the significance of the role, Downey Jr. admitted that he needed “Oppenheimer” more than it needed him, underscoring the transformative effect the experience had on him as a person.

He emphasized the importance of the stories they choose to tell and the impact they can have on audiences.

Beyond his on-screen performance, Downey Jr. also extended appreciation to his stylist, publicist, and entertainment lawyer, injecting humor into his thanks by joking about his lawyer’s decades-long struggle to keep him insured and out of trouble.

Closing out his speech, Downey Jr. dedicated a heartfelt shoutout to his three children—Avri, Exton, and Indio—acknowledging the support and love they’ve provided him throughout his career.

Downey Jr.’s win marked a triumphant moment in his storied career, reaffirming his status as one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors.

His performance in “Oppenheimer” not only captivated audiences but also garnered critical acclaim, solidifying his place in cinematic history.

But Downey Jr.’s win was just one highlight in a night filled with outstanding talent. The Best Supporting Actor category boasted an array of formidable nominees, including Sterling K. Brown, Robert De Niro, Ryan Gosling, and Mark Ruffalo, each delivering unforgettable performances in their respective roles.

Brown’s portrayal in “American Fiction” earned him his first Oscar nomination, showcasing his versatility as an actor. De Niro’s chilling performance in “Killers of the Flower Moon” demonstrated his enduring talent and commitment to his craft, earning him accolades once again.

Gosling’s portrayal of Ken in “Barbie” added depth and charm to the iconic character, further solidifying his status as a leading man in Hollywood.

Meanwhile, Ruffalo’s role in “Poor Things” showcased his ability to tackle complex characters with nuance and depth, earning him yet another nomination in a career filled with standout performances.

As the 96th Academy Awards celebrated the best in film, it was clear that the talent and dedication of actors like Robert Downey Jr. and his fellow nominees continue to inspire and captivate audiences around the world.

From powerful performances to heartfelt speeches, the night was a celebration of storytelling and the transformative power of cinema.

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