9 Oct – Walt Disney Studios started its Oscars campaign for "Avengers: Endgame" last week but fans were upset when they noticed that one name, arguably the biggest name in the "Avengers" franchise, was not on the studio's "For Your Consideration" lineup.
Robert Downey Jr. was not part of Disney's list of submission, surprising fans considering that many felt he deserved an Oscar nod for his portrayal of Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man.
The actor got the chance to clear the air during his recent appearance on "The Howard Stern Show".
"I'm so glad you brought this up because there was some talk about (putting my name forth for an acting Oscar), and I said 'let's not,'" Downey told Stern, as quoted by CNET.
"Doing (the MCU films) was their own reward. I don't know that it's time or if I am the guy ... to have the Academy recognise," he added.
The actor is no stranger to being an Oscar nominee since he did previously receive a Best Actor nomination for his role in 1992's "Chaplin" and Best Supporting Actor for 2008's "Tropic Thunder".
The discussion came up when Stern asked the actor about his thoughts on Martin Scorsese saying that Marvel movies are "not cinema" and calling them "theme parks" instead.
Downey was diplomatic in his reply: "I appreciate his opinion because I think, it's like anything, we need all of the different perspectives so we can come to the centre and move on."
His fellow MCU stars, Samuel L. Jackson and Karen Gillan, as well as director James Gunn have previously defended the franchise following Scorsese's comment.
Like it or not, there's no denying the franchise's box office draw. "Avengers: Endgame" even went on to beat James Cameron's "Avatar" to become the highest-grossing movie of all time.
Below are the 12 categories Disney submitted for "Avengers: Endgame's" "For Your Consideration" campaign, for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards that's set to be held on 9 February 2020.
Best Picture: Producer Kevin Feige
Best Director: The Russo Brothers
Best Adapted Screenplay: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Best Cinematography: Trent Opaloch
Best Film Editing: Jeffrey Ford and Ace Matthew Schmidt
Best Production Design: Charles Wood and Tonja Schurmann
Best Costume Design: Judianna Makovsky
Best Makeup & Hairstyling: John Blake, Janine Thompson and Brian Sipe
Best Sound Mixing: Tom Johnson, Juan Peralta and John Pritchett
Best Sound Editing: Shannon Mills and Daniel Laurie
Best Visual Effects: Dan Deleeuw, Matt Aiken, Russell Earl, and Dan Sudick
Best Original Score: Alan Silvestri