Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s Don Cheadle hits back at Emmy nod backlash ‘Don’t get it’

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James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes (played by Don Cheadle) only appeared in the first episode of Marvel’s comic book miniseries The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. However, despite co-leads Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan lack of nods for the Disney+ series, Cheadle’s small cameo landed the superhero star his 11th Primetime Emmy nomination.

Don Cheadle has hit back at Marvel fans claiming the star wasn’t deserving of an Emmy nomination for his Falcon and the Winter Soldier guest appearance.

The actor briefly reprised his role as James Rhodes, aka War Machine, in the series premiere of the new comic book drama back in March.

Although Rhodey shared only a short conversation with the Avenger formerly known as Falcon (Anthony Mackie), his performance was nominated for the award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier failed to pick up any other major nominations, with this year’s awards dominated by fellow Marvel series, WandaVision.

While comic book aficionados were undoubtedly pleased to see Rhodey in the new series, many viewers were confused when Cheadle’s comparatively small appearance was nominated.

The fact his performance was nominated alongside the likes of Courtney B. Vance (Lovecraft Country) and Timothy Olyphant (The Mandalorian), who both had considerably more screen time, also ruffled feathers.

Upon seeing the reaction to his Emmy nod, Cheadle took to Twitter to hit back against the ‘haters’ criticising his nomination.

However, the Marvel star also admitted he ‘didn’t really get’ the reasons for his nominations.

Some fans even prodded the actor to relinquish his nomination so a more deserving guest star could take his place in the category.

For example, fans of the series felt supporting actor Carl Lumbly made much more of an impact as the tortured super soldier Isaiah Bradley.

Cheadle then argued: “Step down?!? You really don’t know how this Emmy thing works, huh?”

As the nominations have already been announced, it’s impossible for the actor to refuse his award nod, even if he agreed with the backlash.

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The Marvel star also responded with laughing emojis to another outspoken critic who thought he should be able to hand over the nomination to someone else.

Another fan also reminded fellow Twitter users that it’s impossible for Cheadle to turn down the nomination after the list had been released.

They wrote: “You can’t step down! You can refuse to accept the award but you still win it if you get the most votes. What part of this are you not understanding?

“Marlon Brando rejected his academy award in 1973 but he’s still listed as the winner because HE WON THE DAMN THING.”

There have been some cases where stars rescinded their names from the ballot ahead of the nominations, such as Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo, who felt the material wasn’t deserving of an award.

Cheadle himself may not have been expecting a nomination to come his way, but now the Emmys voters have made their decision the Marvel star is powerless to change their minds.

Thankfully, his underwhelming cameo won’t be the last we see of Don Cheadle in the MCU, as he’ll soon be leading his own Disney+ series, Armor Wars.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is available to stream on Disney+.


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