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Robert Downey Jr. Receives Renaissance Award

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Actor Robert Downey Jr. arrives at the Premiere of Warner Bros. "Splice" at the Grauman's Chinese Theater on June 2, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)more pics »Robert Downey Jr. was honored big time at a fancy gala this weekend. The Iron Man star received the Gene Siskel Film Center's Renaissance Award at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago Saturday in recognition of his contribution to the movie industry.

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The organization said they gave the 45-year-old star the accolade because he is one of the most "respected and versatile actors of his generation."

Reflecting on his career, Downey singled out Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man as his favorite movies of his own. He said: "Those three movies are the most representative of my work. I'm just glad that I didn't cheese out and phone in a performance on films that did so well."

The star also admitted he has finally moved on from the addiction struggles that blighted his career between 1996 and 2003. He added: “I don't really think about it much anymore. I used to think, 'Everywhere I look, there are all of these issues. I need some dope,' But having a gargantuan hangover is not a great feeling."

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