Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr has been submitted for Oscar consideration following a stellar performance in Avengers: Endgame.

This blockbuster marked the star’s 10th appearance as billionaire superhero Tony Stark in the MCU (yes, we’re counting The Incredible Hulk), and also proved to be his character’s swansong – next year’s prequel movie Black Widow aside.

In Endgame, Tony decided to sacrifice himself during the final battle against Thanos, which proved decisive in Earth’s victory.

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It was originally believed that the actor wasn’t in the running for an Academy Award, and he later went on to say that he personally decided not to put his name forward.

However, as revealed on Disney Studios Awards, a list has been compiled of the Endgame talent currently in contention for Academy Award nominations – and RDJ is right there.

Downey Jr has been assigned the Best Supporting Actor category, alongside Captain America’s Chris Evans, Thor’s Chris Hemsworth, The Hulk’s Mark Ruffalo and Thanos’ Josh Brolin.

Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle and Paul Rudd are also there if you like a slightly longer shot.

As for Best Supporting Actress, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Zoe Saldana, Gwyneth Paltrow and Karen Gillan have been put forward too.

Other categories Endgame hopes to be involved in at next year’s ceremony include Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Original Score.

Tony Starks/Iron Man, Steve Rogers/Captain America, Avengers: Endgame
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Oscar nominations aren’t completely alien to Downey Jr, who previously earned a nomination for Best Actor in 1992 biopic Chaplin and a Best Supporting Actor nod for his infamous role in Tropic Thunder.

Avengers: Endgame is out now on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D, 4K and digital download.



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