Robert Downey Jr reflected on his first Oscar nomination and said it was better he didn’t win.
The Iron Man star recently earned his third Oscar nomination for his role as Lewis Strauss in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer for Best Supporting Male Actor.
I’m so happy that Robert Downey Jr. got his first Oscar nomination since Tropic Thunder 15 years ago.
He KILLED it in his role as Lewis Strauss in Oppenheimer! https://t.co/gGEvLwdJnd
— Alberto Herrera (@Alberto9Herrera) January 23, 2024
He earned his first nomination in 1993, playing Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin. Reflecting on the moment now, the actor is grateful that he did not take home the prize.
In an appearance on ABC’s The View, the actor revealed that he was grateful he didn’t win the award because the win would’ve led him to believe his life was on the right track.
“I was young and crazy. Winning would have put me under the impression that I was on the right track.”
After his first Oscar nomination, the actor spent many years in trouble with the law. He was arrested in 1996 for possession of heroin, cocaine, and an unloaded sun and given three years of probation.
A year later, he was then jailed for nearly four months after skipping a court-ordered drug test. He skipped another test in 1999 and was sentenced to three years in prison.
He served 15 months, then was arrested again four months after his release for drug possession.
Downey’s history with the law made him the perfect cast for the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in the 2004 Iron Man movie. The actor continued to reprise his role for several films leading up to 2019 Avengers: Endgame.
Downey lost the 1993 Oscar for Best Actor to Al Pacino for the movie “Scent of a Woman.” Daily Wire reports that he earned his second Oscar nomination in 2009 for the comedy “Tropic Thunder,” but he lost to “The Dark Knight” actor Heath Ledger.
Downey also expressed happiness about his nomination for Oppenheimer this year.
“I was just so happy for all 13 nominations,” he said.
He also added that he couldn’t believe it was Emily Blunt’s first Oscar nomination. The 96th Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, March 10 from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.