Robert De Niro Confused When Robert Downey Jr. Wins Golden Globe

It’s never easy having the same first name as the actual winner when both of you are nominated in the same category: Case in point, Robert De Niro and Downey Jr. at the 2024 Golden Globes. See the moment:

And it happened.

Robert De Niro’s reaction wasn’t as dramatic as Angela Bassett’s at the Oscars or anything, but his ears definitely perked up when he heard his name announced as the winner of the 2024 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (by Bassett, incidentally, last year’s Globe winner for supporting actress). However, a second later, 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, coincidentally winning for his role as the nefariously motivated Lewis Strauss in Oppenheimer, while De Niro was nominated for his portrayal as the nefariously motivated William King Hale in Killers of the Flower Moon, both real individuals depicted in a three-hour film adapted from a gripping nonfiction bestseller.

De Niro—who won his sole Globe out of 10 nominations in 1981, as best actor for Raging Bull, and was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in 2011—however, became the target of one of host Jo Koy’s boldest jokes in his monologue, the comedian jesting 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, though 80 now, was 79 when his seventh child was born, but who’s counting? (And cue the mob-beating-related memes that started to crop up on the site formerly known as Twitter…)

Downey was receiving his third Golden Globe, though self-deprecatingly calling it his “most improved player” award rather than admitting it was a well-deserved achievement that might precede his first-ever Oscar win.

“I took a beta blocker, so this is gonna be a breeze,” he cracked at the start of his speech, marveling at Oppenheimer’s billion-dollar box office success, dubbing the epic a “damn masterpiece.”

Commenting on how he got rave reviews for his portrayal as an “unrecognizably subtle Lewis Strauss,” Downey added, “to my fellow nominees, let’s not pretend this is a compliment.”

And for the record, De Niro was smiling along with the rest of the entertained crowd. (He and girlfriend Tiffany Chen also chuckled heartily at Koy’s joke, too, the busy couple evidently in good spirits.)

Keep scrolling to see all the 2024 Golden Globe winners:

Best Drama Picture

Anatomy of a Fall Killers of the Flower Moon Maestro Winner: Oppenheimer Past Lives The Zone of Interest

Best Picture – Musical/Comedy

Air American Fiction Barbie The Holdovers May December Winner: Poor Things

Best Female Actor – Motion Picture – Drama

Annette Bening, Nyad Cailee Spaeny, Priscilla Carey Mulligan, Maestro Greta Lee, Past Lives Winner: Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon Sandra Hüller, Anatomy of a Fall

Best Male Actor – Motion Picture – Drama

Andrew Scott, All of Us Strangers Barry Keoghan, Saltburn Bradley Cooper, Maestro Winner: Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer Colman Domingo, Rustin Leonardo DiCaprio, Killers of the Flower Moon