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'Iron Man' reviews are golden for Robert Downey and Gywneth Paltrow

May 2, 2008 |  1:17 pm

Robert Downey Jr. and Gywneth Paltrow are earning some of the best reviews of their careers for a "Iron Man." The first big budget special effects movie of the 2008 summer season scored a solid 78 at Meta Critic.


With box office projections of upwards of $65 million for the opening weekend, this comic-book-come-to-life would be the biggest hit of their careers. Robert Downey Jr., a one-time Oscar nominee ("Chaplin"), and Gwyneth Paltrow, the 1998 best actress winner ("Shakespeare in Love"), won't be walking the red carpet at the Kodak Theater next February for their work in this film. However, they are likely to compete for the Saturn Awards, bestowed by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

Indeed, Downey won best actor at the Saturn Awards for "Heart and Souls" in 1993 and competed with "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" in 2005, losing to Christian Bale for "Batman Begins." And Paltrow was a 1995 supporting actress nominee there for "Seven," though she lost to Bonnie Hunt for "Jumanji."

And, of course, "Iron Man" will compete for lots of Golden Boys in the tech races. On its visual effects team, for example, is Stan Winston — who won Oscars for "Aliens, " "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "Jurassic Park" — and Daniel Sudick, nominated for "War of the Worlds" and "Master and Commander. " Among the talent on the sound team is Mark Ulano, who an Oscar for "Titanic. " J. Michael Riva was nominated for best art direction on "The Color Purple. "

(Photo: Paramount Pictures)