Robert Downey Jr. Addresses Avengers: Endgame Oscar Controversy

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Disney began its Oscar campaign for Avengers: Endgame last week, and when the Mickey Mouse House put up the For Your Consideration website for the film, fans were shocked and outraged to find out that the studio failed to include Robert Downey Jr. for Best Actor in its Academy Awards petition.

Now, Iron Man himself responds to the Oscar controversy. Speaking in an interview on The Howard Stern Show, Downey Jr. addressed the missing Oscar nomination, saying that he specifically asked Disney not to include him in the awards consideration for Endgame.

Howard Stern began talking about the Oscar's campaign citing why the film ought to be considered for the Academy Awards, including factors like Downey Jr.'s believability as Tony Stark. The Marvel star jumped on the topic revealing he asked Disney not to put him up for the Best Actor award.

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"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," RDJ told Stern.

Stern wanted to insist that Downey Jr. deserved some attention at the Oscars, but the actor respectfully disagreed.

"I listen to the show and I agree with most all of your opinions, varied though they may be," the actor continued, "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.'"

We can't be quite sure why RDJ didn't want any Academy Award nomination for Endgame. Is it because of humility? Or does he not feel like his performance warrants recognition at the Oscars? Either way, fans would have wanted to see Iron Man nominated at the Academy Awards at least.

Avengers: Endgame is now available on Digital HD, Blu-Ray, and 4K UHD.

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