Don Cheadle has been nominated for an Emmy 11 times. He might win his first one because of a brief cameo in Falcon & The Winter Soldier
Ninety-eight seconds. That’s how long Don Cheadle appeared on the Disney+ hit Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
And, yet, Cheadle — not Falcon and The Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie — was the actor to get an Emmy nomination on Tuesday morning. He got a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, alongside Charles Dance (The Crown), Timothy Olyphant (The Mandalorian), Courtney B. Vance (Lovecraft Country) and Carl Weathers (The Mandalorian) It was a baffling nomination. Cheadle, who plays Colonel James Rupert “Rhodey” Rhodes (aka War Machine) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was on the show for less than two minutes during the premiere episode, “New World Order.”
When the nomination came out, fans were stunned — especially when you consider that no other actor from Falcon and The Winter Soldier got an Emmy nomination.
don cheadle gettin nominated for a 30 second scene with the actual leads of the show gettin nothing is way more funnier than it should be im sorry https://t.co/h0s1ceRlQa
— mahamed (@BLEEDlNGEDGE) July 13, 2021
yeooooo who did anthony mackie piss off on the emmy panel cuz why don cheadle get nominated for tfatws when he only had 2 scenes broooo pic.twitter.com/gzHKv6acMA
— jaa rule (@rambeaurogers) July 13, 2021
#Marvel earned a total of 28 #Emmys nominations, including acting noms for Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Kathryn Hahn in #WandaVision, along with Don Cheadle in #TheFalconandtheWinterSoldier https://t.co/4Zrlue5d7x pic.twitter.com/iC2DesQHNA
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 13, 2021
Soon after, Don Cheadle went to Twitter. He was also confused by the nomination. But, didn’t do a lot of complaining:
thanks, well wishers. sorry, haters. agreed, ers. i don’t really get it either. buuuuuuuuuut on we go …
— Don” ‘t ask me google questions” Cheadle (@DonCheadle) July 13, 2021
Cheadle has been nominated for an Emmys 11 times, with his first nomination coming in 1999 for his portrayal of Sammy Davis, Jr. in the Rat Pack. However, Cheadle has never taken home an award. Wouldn’t it be great if his first W came from a 90 second appearance on a Marvel show?
Cheadle first appeared in the MCU as War Machine in 2010’s Iron Man 2. This was a role that was originally played by Terrance Howard but he was fired after the first Iron Man movie after contractual differences.