The actor was the arch-favorite, having won all the trophies of the precursor ceremonies. This Sunday at the 96th edition of the Oscars, he faced Sterling K. Brown in American Fiction, Robert De Niro in Killers of the Flower Moon, Ryan Gosling in Barbie and Mark Ruffalo in Poor Creatures

In Oppenheimer, he plays the sworn enemy of the father of the atomic bomb, the politician Lewis Strauss. This statuette has a little taste of revenge for an actor who had mainly been confined to his role as Iron Man, Marvel’s flagship superhero.

The 58-year-old actor paid tribute to his wife who helped him overcome his addictions. “I would like to thank my horrible childhood and the Academy, in that order. I want to thank my vet, I mean my wife Susan Downey. She found me a snarling pet. Your love brought me back to life.” Then he addressed his co-stars: “Christopher Nolan surrounded me with the greatest actors and the greatest crew of all time. I am a better man because of it. You know, what we do is meaningful and what we decide to do is important. »

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This victory offers its first trophy to Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster, which is competing in 13 categories. But the record of Titanic and Lord of the Rings, winner of a record eleven Oscars, is no longer within reach. Poor Creatures has raided the technical categories. Defeating Barbie and Oppenheimer.