Robert Downey Jr. Wins His First Oscar As Best Supporting Actor For Oppenheimer
Robert Downey Jr. Wins His First Oscar As Best Supporting Actor For Oppenheimer

Robert Downey Jr clinched the coveted Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Lewis Strauss in “Oppenheimer” at the 96th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the biopic delves into the life of the renowned atomic weapons scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, played by Cillian Murphy. This victory marks Downey Jr’s inaugural Oscar win, following previous nominations for his roles in “Chaplin” (1993) and “Tropic Thunder” (2009).

Downey Jr, the frontrunner for the award, expressed gratitude towards his tumultuous upbringing and the Academy, humorously adding an appreciation for his wife, Susan Downey, whom he lovingly referred to as his “veterinarian.” He attributed his transformative journey to the role, confessing that he needed it more than it needed him.

Oscars 2024 | Robert Downey Jr.
Oscars 2024 | Robert Downey Jr. | Credit : GETTY IMAGES

Robert Downey Jr. Journey To Oscar Success

His path to Oscar glory commenced with a series of wins at prestigious ceremonies like the Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards, and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards for his portrayal of Rear Admiral Lewis Strauss. Despite his past Oscar near-misses, the buzz surrounding his performance in “Oppenheimer” had been palpable since its release in July of the previous year.


The star-studded event at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood saw “Oppenheimer” garner a total of 13 nominations, solidifying its place as a standout cinematic achievement of the year. Among the stiff competition in Downey Jr’s category were notable contenders like Robert De Niro, Ryan Gosling, and Mark Ruffalo.

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