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Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr bagged the Best Supporting Actor award at the BAFTA Film Awards 2024 for his performance in the biopic film `Oppenheimer`.

The award ceremony is currently underway at London`s Royal Festival Hall.

In his acceptance speech, Downey Jr. took a walk down memory lane and shouted out “that dude” Christopher Nolan.

“When I was 15, I wanted to be Peter O`Toole. When I was 25, I worked for Richard Attenbourgh and Anthony Hopkins. When I was 35, I finally understood why Dickie thought Tony would be a better role model for me than Peter,” Downey Jr. said. “When I was 42, I did two films for Guy Ritchie and learned how to make big Hollywood movies with a civil British flare. I then played a guy named Tony in the MCU for about 12 years,” as per Variety, a US-based media outlet.

He continued, “And then recently, that dude Chris Nolan suggested I attempt an understated approach as a last-ditch effort to perhaps resurrect my dwindling credibility. So I share this with my fellow nominees, this has been an exceptional year.”

Other nominees were, Robert De Niro for `Killers of the Flower Moon,` Jacob Elordi for `Saltburn,` Ryan Gosling for `Barbie,` Paul Mescal for `All of Us Strangers` and Dominic Sessa for `The Holdovers,` as per Variety.

In the film, Robert Downey Jr played the role of Lewis Strauss in Nolan`s biopic of the titular physicist (played by Cillian Murphy). Lewis Strauss played an important role in the development of the atomic bomb and later became a political rival of J Robert Oppenheimer.

The film was released on July 21.

The biopic, set during World War II, follows Oppenheimer, known as the “Father of the Atomic Bomb,” during a period in history when he understood that testing the atomic bomb would ignite the atmosphere and destroy the world, yet he pushed the button anyway.

The film received a lot of appreciation from the audience.

Downey Jr. had previously won the best actor BAFTA for `Chaplin` back in 1992, and was nominated for best supporting actor in 2009 for `Tropic Thunder,` reported Variety.

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