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Robert Downey Jr. Credits His “Terrible Childhood” for First Oscar Win


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The win caps off a sweeping award season for Downey Jr., who also received a Golden Globe and a SAG Award earlier this year for his portrayal of former United States Atomic Energy Commission chair Lewis Strauss. And during every acceptance speech, the actor has made it a point to thank his wife, who he’s jokingly described as his “primary caregiver.”

“She has literally made an art out of extracting me from my comfort zone,” he told the crowd at the 2024 Golden Globes, before quipping, “but she’s easy on the eyes, so whatevs.”

At the 2024 SAG Awards, Downey Jr. gave another shoutout to Susan, with whom he shares kids Exton, 12, and Avri, 9. As he put it, “It’s because for 22 years she has flawlessly portrayed a sane and rational individual who is happily married to an actor.”

To see who else won big at the Oscars, keep reading.

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