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Robert Downey Jr has been a popular actor in Hollywood, but his fame really went to another level when he started acting as Iron Man, the marquee superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the release of the latest Avengers: Endgame earlier this year, Robert Downey Jr finally concluded his 11-year long stint with the MCU, dying a glorious character death at the end of the movie. The audience and critical response to his role was extremely positive. Disney, however, recently confirmed that they would not be sending Downey's name for a nomination in the Best Actor category for Oscars 2020. Here's why this decision was taken.

In an interview on the Howard Stern show this week, Robert Downey Jr confirmed that it was indeed he who opted to stay out of the Oscars race for the coveted Best Actor award next year.

"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,'" Robert Downey Jr said talking to Howard Stern. "Doing (MCU films) was their own reward. I don't know that it's time or if I am the guy ... to have the Academy recognize," he continued.

The controversy began when Disney put up a webpage detailing every Academy Award category that Avengers: Endgame was being sent for. While this included Kevin Feige for Best Picture and the Russo Brothers for Best Direction, Robert Downey Jr's name was missing despite the Russo Brothers pushing for it.

The actor finally put to rest all rumours of a Disney snub and indicated that it was in fact he who refused to be part of the list in the first place. While he did not specify any reasons behind this decision, it could have been due to the Academy's trends to not nominate most superhero movies or actors in the past.