In accepting the award, Downey gave the first truly spirited, freewheeling speech of the night.
"If you start playing violins, I will tear this place apart," Downey began, with a smile. "First I would like to thank Susan Downey for telling me Matt Damon was going to win -- so I have nothing to say... (If it weren't for her) I could be busing tables at the daily grill right now."
A strange slate of nominees helped pave Downey's path to victory. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was very good in a very OK "(500) Days of Summer," but is too little known. Matt Damon played a fat guy with a mustache in a film few realized was a comedy. Daniel Day-Lewis' "Nine" is widely considered a bit of a mess, it's mountain of noms notwithstanding. And Michael Stuhlbarg was brilliant in "A Serious Man," which while riddled with truly funny moments, was far from a comedy.
But if anyone's gonna pick up a cheap easy win, why not Downey?