The son of actor/writer/director Robert Downey, Sr. (left), Robert Downey, Jr. (right) has had his fair share of personal and career ups and downs in Hollywood. However, his star is currently on the upswing thanks to his starring role in the 2008 smash hit Iron Man (nominated for "Best Sound Editing" and "Best Visual Effects"), and for his role in the Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder, for which he has been nominated for "Best Supporting Actor." This marks the younger Robert's second Academy Award nomination, the first being a "Best Actor" nod for 1003's Chaplin. For more on the Downeys, click here.
–noun patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics. In the entertainment industry, this is known as Hollywood NepotismTM. Talent not required.