If you are one of the thousands of fans advocating for Robert Downey Jr. to get an Oscar, you’re not alone. Even Joe Russo thinks the real-life Tony Stark deserves an Academy Award for his performance in “Avengers: Endgame,” and at this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if that wish came true.
“Endgame” co-director Joe Russo said that Downey gave an “awards-caliber performance” during the film’s final moments. If you’re an “Avengers” superfan or you keep up with Marvel films, you’ll remember that in one of the final scenes from “Endgame,” Stark and Dr. Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) have a silent emotional exchange, during which half of the film’s audience was pretty much crying in despair. It’s during this scene when Stark realizes he has to die in order to save humanity from Thanos: he has to snap his own fingers for the greater good of everyone he loves.
“What’s so incredible about Robert Downey and his performance, and we think this is an awards-caliber performance, is when he looks at Benedict in that moment, what you see happen on his face and the way he just drops his eyes and receives the information, it’s because he knows he’s the solution and the solution involves snapping his fingers; he’s going to die,” said Russo in a recent interview with Backstory Magazine. “The thing he wanted to preserve two hours earlier in the movie is his relationship with his daughter, and he will have to sacrifice that in order to save everyone else.”
Russo says that it’s the tense, conflicting alliance between Dr. Strange and Tony Stark that makes their interaction about the possible outcomes of the Avengers’ work to save the world that much more poignant and meaningful.
“Tony’s a futurist, Strange is a spiritualist. They’re very different in that way,” Russo continued. “Tony’s a futurist in a lot of ways, who’s fated to die from the beginning because he’s so consistently aware of the threat always coming and he cannot rest until that threat has been defeated.”
If fans were advocating for Downey to win an Oscar for his performance as Tony Stark in any other Marvel film, we may have considered it a stretch. It’s virtually unheard of for a superhero film to win an Academy Award. But “Avengers: Endgame” isn’t any superhero film; it’s the highest-grossing superhero film and the highest-grossing film of all time. So if there’s any film that deserves an Oscar more than any other, it’s “Endgame,” and if there’s any person we think should win an award for their performance, it’s Robert Downey Jr. We love you 3000.
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