It's Official: Robert Downey Jr. Refuses To Compete For The Oscars For 'Avengers'

What were his chances against Brad Pitt and Joaquin Phoenix?

A few days ago, Disney surprised many fans by failing to include Avengers: Endgame actors on its "For Your Consideration" list submitted to the Academy of Oscars. It was the absence of Robert Downey Jr. in particular that caused outrage and prompted fans to launch a petition to try to bring him to the Oscars.

This omission is all the more surprising as big studios are used to campaign for their productions and the actors who wear them because they generally have nothing to lose.

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End of the controversy. Yesterday we learned the reason for Tony Stark's performer's absence from this list: he simply did not want to compete for the Oscars. He explained the reason for this in Howard Stern's radio show:

"There were some talk about it and I said let’s not. [...] I’ll tell you the truth. I didn’t expect it to become what it became, it is this very large multi headed hydra at this point. And also I’ve always had other interests. And according to Martin Scarsose it’s not cinema, so I gotta take a look into that."

Of course, the host seized this opportunity to ask him further questions about Martin Scorsese's recent comments, which may have influenced his decision not to campaign for the Oscars. The director had issued a fairly strong opinion on superhero films which, in his opinion, are "not cinema. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being."

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And when Howard Stern asked Robert Downey Jr: "Were you insulted when he said that somehow Iron Man is not cinema?" The actor simply answered: "No".

As to his decision not to compete for the Oscars, this is certainly a wise decision on the part of Robert Downey Jr., who this year would have found himself facing strong competitors, with huge Brad Pitt and Joaquin Phoenix for Ad Astra and Joker.

By Manon Marcillat, published on 09/10/2019

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