Disney Submitted Robert Downey Jr. and Other ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Actors for Oscar Consideration

Robert Downey Jr. might get an Academy Award nomination after all. 

Disney announced they were submitting the 54-year-old actor’s name for Oscar consideration along with other cast members in the record-breaking film, Avengers: Endgame, according to Collider. 

Downey Jr. turned down his own Oscars campaign

The move from the film giant came after Downey Jr. publicly said he turned down the offer of an Oscars campaign. During an interview on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM talk show, the actor talked about the role and the possibility of an Academy Award nomination. 

“I’m so glad you brought this up because there was some talk about [an Oscar campaign],” Downey Jr.  told Stern, “And I said, ‘Let’s not.’”

This came after the actor received praise for his performance in the superhero movie from actor/director Jon Favreau and the directors of Avengers: Endgame, Anthony and Joe Russo. 

“He has my vote for sure,” Favreau told Variety in June 2019. “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.”

The Russo brothers echoed the same sentiment in a 2019 interview with Backstory. 

“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,” Joe Russo explained. 

The actor who is also known for his role in the Sherlock Holmes film franchise has been nominated for an Academy Award twice before. For his 1993 role in Chaplin, he received a Best Actor nomination. Then in 2009, his comedic performance in Tropic Thunder earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination. 

‘Avengers: Endgame’ actors considered for Oscar nominations 

Disney didn’t just put Downey Jr’s name forth for Oscar consideration. They put the proverbial hat in the ring for a number of Avengers: Endgame cast members in the categories of Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. 

The names that have been submitted are as follows:

Best Supporting Actor: 

Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man)

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America)

Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk)

Chris Hemsworth (Thor)

Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye)

Josh Brolin (Thanos)

Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man)

Don Cheadle (James Rhodes/War Machine)

Cast of 'Avengers: Endgame' and Kevin Feige
Cast of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and Kevin Feige | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Best Supporting Actress:

Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow)

Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts)

Zoe Saldana (Gamora)

Karen Gillan (Nebula)

Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel)

Other possible Oscar nominations for ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Disney launched their “For Your Consideration” campaign for Avengers: Endgame and other major films such as Frozen 2, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, and The Lion King with a website listing the categories for each film. 

Besides the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories, they submitted Avengers: Endgame for a number of other awards including: 

Best Picture

Best Director

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Cinematography

Best Film Editing

Best Production Design

Best Visual Effects

Best Sound Editing

Best Original Score

Best Costume Design

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Best Sound Mixing

The 2020 Oscars will air on Feb. 9, 2020.