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Robert Downey, Jr. Lands American Cinematheque Award: Should Be Fun Fete

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 5, 2011 at 4:26AM

Congratulations to Robert Downey, Jr. The 25th American Cinematheque Award will be his. Downey Jr. will be honored at the annual benefit gala on October 14 at the Beverly Hilton. This event could be one of the more entertaining of these award shows, as Downey will lure some of the funniest talent in town to pay him tribute, as Matt Damon did last year: his was more of a roast. Ben Stiller, Jon Favreau, Jaime Foxx, Jude Law, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Coogan, Jeremy Renner, and recent award-winner Samuel Jackson come to mind. Any other likely cronies?
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Congratulations to Robert Downey, Jr. The 25th American Cinematheque Award will be his. Downey Jr. will be honored at the annual benefit gala on October 14 at the Beverly Hilton. This event could be one of the more entertaining of these award shows, as Downey will lure some of the funniest talent in town to pay him tribute, as Matt Damon did last year: his was more of a roast. Ben Stiller, Jon Favreau, Jaime Foxx, Jude Law, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Coogan, Jeremy Renner, and recent award-winner Samuel Jackson come to mind. Any other likely cronies?

The award recognizes an actor, director or writer who is "fully engaged in his or her work and is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion picture." Board chairman Rick Nicita says:

"The pleasure that we receive from his charismatic and nuanced performances is matched only by the respect that he has earned for his personal and professional journey. The wide range of his talent has kept us enthralled in movies from a biopic like Chaplin to outrageous comedies like Tropic Thunder to franchises like Sherlock Holmes and, of course, Iron Man. While we have been enjoying him for years, it seems that he's just getting started all over again. The Cinematheque is thrilled to mark this milestone in the flourishing career of Robert Downey, Jr."

Up next for Downey Jr. is Marvel's The Avengers (May 4, 2012, reprising his Iron Man role) and sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (December 16, 2011, reprising the title character). He also has several projects in the works as actor and producer.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Jon Favreau, Iron Man, Classics, Sequel, Remake, Action, Matt Damon, Robert Downey, Jr.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.