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Video: Robert Downey Jr. Tebows at the Oscars

Love or loathe

Tim Tebow

as you may -- but there's no denying the cultural impact of The Chosen One.

Prime example: At last night's Academy Awards ceremony, presenter Robert Downey Jr. preceded his trip to the stage with a little preparatory Tebowing -- one of several Colorado moments during Hollywood's biggest night.

As our friends at Westword's Show and Tell blog have noted, the Oscar-winning screenplay for The Descendants was based on a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, who not only lived in Colorado for a stretch, but worked in the Westword sales department. In addition, Daniel Junge, whose Saving Face won Oscar gold for Best Documentary Short Subject, is a proud member of the Colorado film community.

And let's not forget Best Animated Film winner Rango, whose opening section features a cameo/homage dedicated to the late author Hunter S. Thompson, the longtime Coloradan and proud progenitor of Gonzo-ism.

Yet Downey's gag was the most unexpected link to our fair state -- one that our friends at the original Tebowing website picked up on instantly, as noted in this tweet:

A nod from one Iron Man to another. Look below to see a video of Downey's bit with Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as the Hunter S. Thompson snippet from Rango.

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More from our Television & Film archive: "Iron Man meets the Ultimate Spike Girl: Renee Herlocker on Robert Downey Jr. and more."

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