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    “I’d Like To Thank My Terrible Childhood”: Robert Downey Jr. Gives Hilarious Speech After Winning First-Ever Oscar For Best Actor In Supporting Role For ‘Oppenheimer’

    The 2024 Oscars seemed to be a huge treat for team ‘Oppenheimer‘ as Robert Downey Jr. took home his first ever Academy Award for his groundbreaking role as Robert Oppenheimer.

    Making one of the best acceptance speeches in the crowd, Downey Jr thanked his ‘terrible childhood’ for his success as an actor.

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    Robert Downey Jr’s First Ever Oscar Win

    Robert Downey Jr. (Image: Getty)
    Robert Downey Jr. (Image: Getty)

    Without any surprises, Robert Downey Jr. took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 2024 Academy Awards and gave out a hilarious speech as the actor got the first ever Oscar of his career.

    “I’d like to thank my terrible childhood and the Academy — in that order. I’d like to thank my veterinarian — I meant wife, Susan Downey over there. She found me a snarling rescue pet and you loved me back to life. That’s why I’m here” he began his speech.

    “Here’s my little secret. I needed this job more than it needed me. Chris knew it. Emma made sure that she surrounded me with one of the great casts and crews of all time — Emily, Cillian. It was fantastic. And I stand here before you a better man because of it. What we do is meaningful, and the stuff that we decide to make is important,” he added.

    He then ended his speech by sharing a few comments critics have passed on to him over his career.

    The Oscar winner said, “I was thinking this morning: I love critics. They’ve given me such beautiful feedback, really just so many great moments, and some of it is so poetic, I just want to share some of their thoughts with you over the years.”

    “The first one is kind of like haiku: ‘Sloppy, messy and lazy,’” he continued, “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.’”

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    Robert Downey Jr’s Win Gets Applause From ‘Anatomy Of A Fall’ Star Dog Messi 

    Robert Downey Jr. at the Golden Globes
    Robert Downey Jr. at the Golden Globes

    There wasn’t anyone in the audience not cheering as loudly as they could for Downey Jr’s win. Not even Messi the dog.

    The viral ‘Anatomy Of A Fall‘ star was seen hilariously clapping for Downey’s win, as the moment was captured by the Oscars cameras.

    Downey’s win certainly is one of the most unforgettable moments of the night. For an extensive career as his, many debated that he should have won his first Oscar years ago.

    Nevertheless, ‘Oppenheimer’ received it’s first big Oscar of the night. Here’s to more wins.

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    Nibir is nineteen, an autumn lover, and a poetry enthusiast. She loves Taylor Swift, Jeff Buckley, Sally Rooney and everything that's blue. She has had one year of experience as a content writer at First Curiosity and writes poetry and researches on literary criticism in her free time. Nibir is also an ardent reader and a fierce feminist. She aspires to author books someday and be an advocate for mental health.

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