Robert De Niro Will Beat Robert Downey Jr.’s Oppenheimer Performance for Best Supporting Actor Oscar, According to Fans

Clash of the Roberts: Robert De Niro vs. Robert Downey Jr. for Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Who will win?

robert de niro will beat robert downey jr.’s oppenheimer performance for best supporting actor oscar, according to fans


  • It's exciting to see two amazing actors like Robert De Niro and Robert Downey Jr. going head-to-head in the Oscar race.
  • Fans are buzzing with anticipation, especially in the Best Supporting Actor category, where De Niro's performance in Killers of the Flower Moon is generating a lot of hype.
  • With De Niro's talent and his history of incredible performances, he could definitely have a shot at another Academy Award!
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Fans’ hearts race with anticipation as they watch two Roberts square off in the Oscar 2024 race. This time, it looks like the iconic Robert De Niro will surpass the endearing Robert Downey Jr. in their respective roles. And at the heart of this fight is the Best Supporting Actor Oscar race, in which, whispers among fans suggest, De Niro will surpass Downey Jr.’s legendary performance in Oppenheimer.


With his Killers of the Flower Moon performance, fans predict that De Niro will beat Iron Man‘s Oppenheimer performance. Though the former has played monstrous men in the past, his latest performance as William King Hale captures everyday evil more completely than anything else he has ever done.

De Niro has consistently shown his talent, from his ground-breaking performances in beloved films like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull to his recent roles in The Irishman and Silver Linings Playbook. Could he win another Academy Award for his role in critically acclaimed Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece?

Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's Casino
Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s Casino

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A Clash of Robert De Niro and Robert Downey Jr. for Best Supporting Actor Oscar

As per Screen Rant, following a three-decade wait, Robert Downey Jr. is among the leading candidates for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars this year for his role in Oppenheimer. In Christopher Nolan’s biographical thriller, which is about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the ‘father of the atomic bomb’, Downey Jr. portrayed Lewis Strauss. Since its summer 2023 release, his notable portrayal has received high praise from both critics and viewers, creating a ton of Oscar buzz.

It is almost a given that Downey Jr. will be nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 96th Academy Awards in 2024; in fact, it is almost a given that the seasoned actor will win the prize (according to Screen Rant). This would be a well-earned victory that was also long overdue. 

Robert Downey Jr. in a still from Oppenheimer
Robert Downey Jr. in a still from Oppenheimer

Still, Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon features a particularly sinister portrayal of Robert De Niro as the crafty William Hale, despite the actor’s already acclaimed history of playing cruel characters. This movie marks Scorsese and De Niro’s tenth joint venture. 

As per Deadline, after earning $9.4 million on its first day, the movie went on to debut at $23 million, coming in second behind Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour. Among the Scorsese and De Niro films, this one had the biggest opening (beating Cape Fear‘s $10.2 million opening in 1991).

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Whispers Among Fans:  Robert De Niro Will Outshine Robert  Downey Jr. at Oscars

Martin Scorsese
Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio in Killers of the Flower Moon

Both fans and critics are anticipating the Roberts duel with great anticipation as the race for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar heats up. At this point, there are whispers among fans that Robert De Niro’s William King Hale may even top Robert Downey Jr.’s iconic portrayal of Lewis Strauss.

One noted:

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One fan appreciated the actor, saying:

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Despite divergent opinions, moviegoers’ passion and dedication never fade. In the digital age, fans have a voice, and they lean slightly in favor of De Niro taking home the Best Supporting Actor trophy. Is this a sign that the Academy is listening to the voices of the fans as a whole?

Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro in Killers of the Flower Moon

Fans may disagree about who should win the esteemed award, but one thing is for sure: both actors delivered exceptional performances that will have a lasting impact on the movie business.

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