SAG Awards: Robert Downey Jr celebrates wife in speech

Robert Downey Jr at the SAG Awards credit:Bang Showbiz
Robert Downey Jr at the SAG Awards credit:Bang Showbiz

Robert Downey Jr. paid tribute to his "sane and rational" wife as he picked up the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role accolade at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Saturday (24.02.24).

The 58-year-old actor - who won the prize for 'Oppenheimer' ahead of Sterling K. Brown ('American Fiction'), Willem Dafoe ('Poor Things'), Robert De Niro ('Killers of the Flower Moon') and Ryan Gosling ('Barbie') - joked he never gets "tired of the sound of [his] own voice" as he took to the stage at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, before praising producer Susan Downey for giving as "flawless" a performance as his spouse as many of his celebrated co-stars over the years.

He said: "Oh boy, hi, thanks. SAG-AFTRA thank you very much. Blimey. Why now? Why do things seem to be going my way?

"Unlike my fellow nominees, I will never grow tired of the sound of my own voice?"

He then named a string of past co-stars as he said: "James Spader, Anthony Michael Hall, Mel Gibson, Whoopi Goldberg, Woody Harrelson, Holly Hunter, Kenneth Branagh, Jodie Foster, Annette Bening, Val Kilmer, Jamie Foxx... Susan Downey.

"Now why have I added my wife's name to this list of otherwise super talented artists I've learned so much from up close? It's because for 22 years she has flawlessly portrayed a sane and rational individual who is happily married to an actor.