13 ‘Avengers: Endgame’ actors submitted for Oscars contention

Gregory Wakeman
Contributor
Should Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr be in the Best Actor race?

Even Martin Scorsese would have to admit that Avengers: Endgame was one of the biggest cinematic achievements of 2019. 

Not only were critics enamoured by the blockbuster, which helped it to secure a score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, but it has been well documented that it is now the highest grossing movie of all time, after it pipped James Cameron’s Avatar and eventually took in $2.798 billion worldwide.

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Now that we are in awards season, questions are being asked about whether this might translate into Oscar success, especially since Black Panther recently became the first superhero film to ever earn a Best Picture nomination. 

Actors Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige pose for a photo at the handprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S. April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

It looks as though Disney are going to give Avengers: Endgame a big Oscar push, too, as it has just been revealed that the studio aren’t only aiming for a Best Picture nomination but they’ve also submitted 13 actors in the the Best Supporting categories, too.

That means that Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Paul Rudd, and Don Cheadle will be hoping for a Best Supporting Actor nomination, while Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, and Brie Larson will be aiming for the Best Supporting Actress category. 

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There is definitely an argument to be made that Downey Jr and Evans deserve Best Actor consideration, especially when you consider just how prominent their Endgame roles are.

But with the likes of Robert DeNiro, Joaquin Phoenix, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Adam Driver the favourites in an already packed Best Actor field, Endgame’s stars certainly stand more of a chance in the Best Supporting Actor battle.