Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr chose to opt out of the Oscar race for his act in Avengers: Endgame; Here's WHY

After the release of Avengers: Endgame, MCU fans were rooting for Robert Downey Jr to bag a nomination for Best Actor at the Oscars 2020. However, the actor has chosen to opt out of the race.
Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr chose to opt out of the Oscar race for his act in Avengers: Endgame; Here's WHYIron Man star Robert Downey Jr chose to opt out of the Oscar race for his act in Avengers: Endgame; Here's WHY
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Ever since Avengers: Endgame released, fans have been campaigning for an Oscar nomination for Robert Downey Jr. The actor, who played Tony Stark aka Iron Man in the summer release, delivered a moving performance in the Russo Brothers directorial. The campaign caught such fire that even director Joe and Anthony Russo began rooting for an Academy Award nomination for RDJ. However, Disney threw water on everyone's hopes by not nominating Downey for Oscars 2020 under the Best Actor category. Obviously, MCU fans were disappointed. 

Downey has now addressed the hype around the Oscar nomination and revealed he chose to opt-out of the Oscar run. The actor made the revelation when he was invited as a guest on The Howard Stern Show. The actor was discussing Martin Scorsese's comment about Marvel movies when the topic of Oscar nominations came up. 

"I'm so glad you brought this up because there was some talk about it, 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 [and] I'll go like, 'Oh that's not how I see it, but I love that you see it that way,'" he said. 

The actor went on to confess that he never imagined the MCU would expand the way it has. "I'll tell you the truth. I didn't expect [the Marvel Cinematic Universe] to become what it became, and it is this very large, multiheaded Hydra at this point," he said. 

Last week, Comicbook.com revealed the Mouse House is eyeing a spot in a few technical award categories and the Best Picture category. Read all about it here: Disney pushes Avengers: Endgame for Best Picture Oscar nomination; SNUBS Robert Downey Jr for Best Actor

Stay tuned to Pinkvilla for more updates. 

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