• John Mulaney takes aim at MCU’s Oscar nominations and gets a great response from Robert Downey Jr. at the Governors Awards.
  • Mulaney humorously compares winning an Oscar for a Marvel movie to winning a Pulitzer Prize for a Reddit Comment.
  • Robert Downey Jr. can be seen “losing it” with laughter while the audience laughs at Mulaney’s joke.



John Mulaney took the opportunity to joke about the MCU getting Oscar nominations during the Governors Awards – garnering a great response from Robert Downey Jr. Mulaney, who is most famous for his work on Saturday Night Live and his stand-up comedy sets, was chosen to host the prestigious ceremony and brought a healthy dose of humor with him. The Governors Awards are a precursor to the Academy Awards, and while organized by the same body, they are comparatively short as they bestow just three lifetime achievement awards to film industry aficionados.

Mulaney’s playful jab at the MCU was reposted by @FutureHasbeen one X/Twitter, in which he compared winning an Oscar for a Marvel movie to winning a Pulitzer Prize for a Reddit Comment. Robert Downey Jr., who was sitting in the audience, responded more than amicably as he could be seen “losing it” with laughter while the audience laughed alongside him. Evidently, Robert Downey Jr. is comfortable with his career-defining tenure as one of the MCU’s most iconic heroes and doesn’t mind being on the receiving end of a joke that pokes fun at the notion that MCU movies prioritize entertainment over art.


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What MCU Movies Have Been Nominated For The Oscars

T'Challa fighting Killmonger in Black Panther

MCU Movie

Amount of Oscar Nominations/Wins

Iron Man

2 Nominations

Iron Man 2

1 Nomination

The Avengers

1 Nomination

Iron Man 3

1 Nomination

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

1 Nomination

Guardians of the Galaxy

2 Nominations

Doctor Strange

1 Nomination

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

1 Nomination

Black Panther

4 Nominations, 3 Wins

Avengers: Infinity War

1 Nomination

Avengers: Endgame

1 Nomination

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

1 Nomination

Spider-Man: No Way Home

1 Nomination

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

4 Nominations, 1Win

Mulaney’s joke specifically references the fact that Angela Bassett, who played Queen Ramonda in the MCU, earned an Oscar nomination for her phenomenal portrayal. Her deserved recognition isn’t the only time the MCU received a nod from the Academy Awards, however. Black Panther won three Oscars for Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design, while its sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, won an Oscar for Best Costume Design and was also the movie in which Angela Basset was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Yet, there are plenty of other MCU movies that earned nominations over the years.


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All three Iron Man movies, for example, received nominations for Best Visual Effects – which, unsurprisingly, is the category for which the MCU has scored the most nominations. Guardians of the Galaxy was nominated for Best Makeup and Hair Styling in 2015, while Iron Man also received a nomination for Best Sound Design. Black Panther, which received the most nominations of any MCU movie, was even nominated for Best Picture, though Angela Bassett remains the only MCU actor to receive a nomination specifically for their role.

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