Robert De Niro Thought His Name Was Called at the Golden Globes When Robert Downey Jr. Won

It's never easy to share a first name with the actual winner when you're both nominated in the same category: Case in point Roberts De Niro and Downey Jr. at the 2024 Golden Globes. See the moment:

It happens.

Robert De Niro's reaction was no Angela-Bassett-at-the-Oscars or anything, but his ears definitely perked up when he heard his first name announced as the winner of the 2024 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (by Bassett, incidentally, as last year's Globe winner for supporting actress). A second later, however, it was Robert Downey Jr. making his way to the stage, but such are the risks of being an actor named Robert who starred in one of the most acclaimed films of the year.

Downey, incidentally, won for his turn as the nefariously motivated Lewis Strauss in Oppenheimer, while De Niro was nominated for his performance as the nefariously motivated William King Hale in Killers of the Flower Moon, both real people portrayed in a three-hour film ripped from a gripping nonfiction bestseller.

De Niro—who won his sole Globe out of 10 nominations in 1981, best actor for Raging Bull, and was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in 2011—was, however, the target of one of host Jo Koy's most risqué zingers in his monologue, the comedian quipping about the two-time Oscar winner, "Your last performance has got to be your greatest performance ever. How'd you get her pregnant at 80?"

The star, while 80 now, was 79 when his seventh child was b

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