Disney officially kicked off their Oscar campaigning last week with a For Your Consideration line-up for Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame”. Intriguingly, Robert Downey Jr. wasn’t included on the list for the Best Actor Category.
While the chance would’ve been slim for a nomination, that the name wasn’t even listed is a surprise. Downey made an appearance on The Howard Stern Show this week where he was asked about the absence and he confirmed it was his choice:
“I’m so glad you brought this up because there was some talk about and I said let’s not and because I’m much more like you than you might really want to believe. I listen to the show and I agree with most all of your opinions, varied though they may be. Occasionally, you’ll go on some tributary trail of thought I’ll go like ‘oh that’s not how I see it, but I love that you see it that way.'”
He also offered an opinion on director Martin Scorsese’s recent comments about Marvel movies and says he appreciates it:
“It’s his opinion. I mean it plays in theaters. I appreciate his opinion because I think it’s like anything. We need all of the different perspectives so we can come to center and move on.”
Downey’s Marvel cohort Samuel L. Jackson also commented on the Scorsese talk recently with Variety and while a little less diplomatic, he doesn’t have much of an issue with it either:
“I mean that’s like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny. Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff either. There are a lot of Italian-Americans that don’t think he should be making films about them like that. Everybody’s got an opinion, so I mean it’s okay. Ain’t going to stop nobody from making movies.”
Whatever its awards chances, “Avengers: Endgame” is now officially the highest-grossing film of all time with a $2.8 billion gross worldwide.