While Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Endgame is already the highest-grossing movie of all time, the dynamic duo also wants one of the movie’s biggest names to bag an Academy Award. As the sequel to 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame brought back the great and the good of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — well, if they weren’t dusted by Thanos.
With brilliant performances from OG Avengers Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner, the original six were on fine form. So, who deserves an Oscar? Safe to say, it isn’t Vin Diesel for his portrayal of Groot.
You might not be surprised to learn that the Russo Brothers are championing RDJ for an Oscar. Speaking to Daily Beast about the movie’s award prospects, Joe Russo explained how the superhero genre is often sidelined at the Oscars.
Talking about the Academy’s reluctance to promote supes, Russo said, “At some point you’ve gotta listen to the audience. We don’t make movies for awards. Yes, making this was exceedingly difficult.
“We made the two most expensive movies ever back-to-back. But I just want to stump for one thing, and that’s Robert Downey.”
Continuing the promote RDJ, Russo added: “I don’t know if I have ever seen – in movie history – a global audience react to a performance the way they did to Robert Downey in that movie.
“There were people bawling in movie theatres, hyperventilating. I mean, that is a profound performance, when you can touch audiences all over the world to that degree. We’ve never seen anything like that, and if that doesn’t deserve an Oscar, I don’t know what does.”
For those who need a reminder, it looks like Endgame could be Downey Jr.’s last hurrah as Iron Man. Even though the Avengers and their expanded ranks managed to topple Thanos, Tony Stark took the full brunt of the Infinity Stones and sacrificed himself to stop the Mad Titan.
Alongside Captain America and Thor, Endgame definitely felt like Iron Man’s movie. As well as an emotional trip to meet his father in the ’70s, who could forget moving moments like “I love you 3,000”? It’s easy to see why Russo is tipping his leading man for critical acclaim.
Early Academy Award buzz is already tipping Joaquin Phoenix for big things thanks to Todd Phillips’ Joker, meaning this year’s ceremony could be a supersized superhero showstopper.
In the past, comic book movies have been largely shunned from the golden statue awards — well, until Heath Ledger came along with his acclaimed (posthumous) performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Will Robert Downey Jr. get to add to his already groaning awards cabinet? We’ll have to wait and see.
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