awards & nominations

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Robert Downey Jr. as "Sherlock Holmes"

When a string of brutal murders terrorizes London, it doesn't take long for legendary detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his crime-solving partner, Dr. Watson (Jude Law), to find the killer, Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). A devotee of the dark arts, Blackwood has a bigger scheme in mind, and his execution plays right into his plans. The game is afoot when Blackwood seems to rise from the grave, plunging Holmes and Watson into the world of the occult and strange technologies.

Golden Globe (2009)WonBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Tropic Thunder (2008)

Robert Downey Jr. as "Kirk Lazarus"

Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller), pampered action superstar, sets out for Southeast Asia to take part in the biggest, most-expensive war movie produced, but soon after filming begins, he and his co-stars, Oscar-winner Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), comic Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black) and the rest of the crew, must become real soldiers when fighting breaks out in that part of the jungle.

Academy Award (2008)NominatedActor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)NominatedSupporting Actor
Golden Globe (2008)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

Robert Downey Jr. as "Joe Wershba"

When Senator Joseph McCarthy begins his foolhardy campaign to root out Communists in America, CBS News impresario Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) dedicates himself to exposing the atrocities being committed by McCarthy's Senate "investigation." Murrow is supported by a news team that includes long-time friend and producer Fred Friendly (George Clooney). The CBS team does its best to point out the senator's lies and excesses, despite pressure from CBS' corporate sponsors to desist.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Ally McBeal (1997)

Robert Downey Jr. as "Larry Paul"

Ally McBeal is a young attorney who joins a prestigious law firm with a highly sexual environment and whose staff includes Ally's ex-boyfriend. The series contains fantasy sequences, flashbacks and voiceovers to reveal what Ally is really thinking. Many episodes contain an appearance by singer Vonda Shepard, who performed the show's theme song.

Emmy (Primetime) (2001)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (2001)WonBest Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001)WonOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Chaplin (1992)

Robert Downey Jr. as "Charles Chaplin"

Re-creation of the life of comic genius Charlie Chaplin, from his humble beginnings in south London through his early days in British vaudeville, his silent movie career in America and his late masterpieces. His turbulent personal life saw four marriages and an enforced exile from the US - though he returned to receive an honorary Oscar in 1972.

Academy Award (1992)NominatedActor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1992)WonActor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1992)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama