Robert Downey Jr. revealed on Tuesday that he chose not to seek Oscar consideration for his iconic role as Tony Stark in Iron Man and nine other Marvel films, according to People.
He discussed the situation with Howard Stern on The Howard Stern Show. Stern asked Downey Jr. why the role of Tony Stark had never gotten him an Oscar nod before in spite of Downey Jr.'s performances. "Because it’s a super hero movie?" he asked.
Downey Jr. said, "There was some talk about it and I said 'let's not,'" the actor said. Downey Jr. also weighed in on the news that famed director Martin Scorsese didn't consider Marvel films to be "cinema."
While he said he wasn't offended personally and believes different perspectives are needed, he did say the director's criticism "makes no sense."