Critics Choice Award Marked By Robert Downey Jr.'s Speech
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Robert Downey Jr. Addresses Critics On Award For Best Supporting Actor In Oppenheimer

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BY January 15, 2024

Robert Downey Jr. secured the Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a movie on Sunday night, and during his acceptance speech, he seized the moment to humorously address some of his most critical reviews.

Commencing his speech, the Oppenheimer star mentioned that he had been contemplating certain reviews of his work earlier in the day, specifically those provided by members of the Critics Choice Association.

Robert Downey Jr. Addresses Critics On Award For Best Supporting Actor in Oppenheimer

“I was thinking this morning, I love critics. … You know, they’ve given me such beautiful feedback. Really just so many great moments, and some of it is so poetic,” he said. “I just want to share some of their thoughts with you over the years.”

The actor added,: “The first one is kind of like Haiku: ‘Sloppy, messy and lazy.’ The next one is more metaphoric: ‘Like Pee-Wee Herman emerging from a coma.’ This was from a Brit: ‘A puzzling waste of talent.’ And lastly, and this one lingered: ‘Amusing as a bed-locked fart.’”

Continuing his acceptance speech, Robert Downey Jr. expressed gratitude towards his “Oppenhomies,”. He acknowledged those who collaborated with him on the movie.

“Every day of filming was like having my ego’s ass handed to me at the door, and I think it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy,” the actor added.

You can refer to the official announcement to see the complete list of Critics Choice Awards winners.

With his outstanding performance in the all-time highest-grossing biopic Oppenheimer, Robert Downey Jr. has now accumulated four Critics Choice nominations.

In contrast to Cillian Murphy’s titular protagonist, Robert Downey Jr. portrays Admiral Lewis Strauss, the primary antagonist to J. Robert Oppenheimer, in the film. Strauss plays a pivotal role as the physicist grapples with the moral and emotional complexities of developing the atomic bomb.

The Marvel star has received previous nominations, securing nods for Best Supporting Actor in 2009’s Tropic Thunder, and Best Actor in an Action Movie for The Avengers and Iron Man 3.

In addition to Downey Jr.’s nomination, the Christopher Nolan film is a strong contender in 12 other categories at the Critics Choice Awards.

Other Critics Choice Award-winning Stars

At 47, Sterling K. Brown earned his inaugural Critics Choice Award nomination and victory in 2018 for his prominent role in the drama series This Is Us. However, his recognition for American Fiction marks the first acknowledgment of his contributions to film at the awards ceremony.

In the film he plays the newly divorced brother of Jeffrey Wright’s Monk Ellison (also nominated for Best Actor). Here, the Emmy winner delivered a nuanced performance in the drama, portraying a man newly out of the closet.

In addition to Brown’s well-deserved nomination, American Fiction competed for success in four other categories. Among them were Best Comedy and Best Picture.

Martin Scorsese’s epic thriller Killers of the Flowery Moon Robert De Niro, 80, steps into the role of William King Hale. He is also a ruthless crime boss responsible for the Osage Nation murders. The iconic actor, known for his role in The Godfather, secures his fifth recognition from the Critics Choice Association.

Ryan Gosling, 43, received acclaim for his over-the-top portrayal of Kenergy in the blockbuster Barbie. No stranger to the Critics Choice Awards, the La La Land actor adds a ninth nomination to his impressive count for his role as Ken, the head-over-heels boyfriend of the Mattel doll.

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is an impressive contender in a record-breaking 18 categories. The Gala recognized the film as Best Director for Gerwig, 40, Best Actress for Margot Robbie, Best Supporting Actress for America Ferrera and Best Picture, among other nominations.

In May December, Riverdale star Charles Melton takes on the role of Joe Yoo, a 36-year-old man emotionally stuck at 13, entangled in an affair with Gracie (by Julianne Moore, 63), a woman two decades his senior.

An Avengers Star Was Also Awarded At the Gala

Mark Ruffalo, 56, has earned acclaim for his portrayal of Duncan Wedderburn in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things.” Attempting to rein in the antics of Emma Stone’s character, Bella Baxter, Ruffalo’s performance in this wild comedy has been praised.

The Avengers star, has received three additional nominations. Ruffalo gained Best Supporting Actor at the Critics Choice Awards for his roles in 2011’s The Kids Are All Right. Moreover, 2015’s Foxcatcher, and 2016’s Spotlight. Yet, Poor Things itself boasts an impressive 13 total nominations.

For complete coverage of the 29th annual Critics Choice Awards, tune in as they broadcast live from Barkar Hangar in Santa Monica on The CW.

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