“I’m past. I’ll never let the Oscars be the measure of my success or failure as an actor,” Jackson told the outlet. “My measure of success is my happiness. Am I happy with what I’m doing? I’m not doing a statue-chasing movie. You know [whispering]: ‘If you did this movie, you’d win an Oscar’ .”
“No thanks. I’d rather be Nick Fury. Or Mace Windu with a lightsaber in hand, it’s a lot of fun,” he added.
Jackson was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Gold and Paper,” but the award went to Ed Wood’s Martin Landau. He has not been nominated for other performances since.
The Marvel star said he thought he deserved credit for at least two of Tarantino’s other films — “Jackie Brown” and “Django Unchained” — calling the latter a His “best chance” to win a trophy.
“It’s the most evil character I’ve ever played, and they usually reward black people for horrible roles,” he said.
But, so far, the Oscar-baiting role hasn’t been the factor that propelled Jackson’s career. He prefers to be known for starring in projects that “wanted to go to the movies when I was a kid.”
“I’m satisfied because that’s who I am. I’m the guy who does the lines people see on T-shirts,” he said. “There are actors who have never been able to quote a single line they said in a movie in their entire career.”
“People go to my movies to see how crazy I am, or how many times I say shit,” he added. “Just get them in their seats.”
He didn’t have such a good view of the awards show, only that this year’s show left him even more disappointed as he was “a little pissed off” by the truncated tribute to the late Hollywood icon Sidney Poitier.
“The greatest actor we had in Hollywood died and they only gave him 10 seconds,” Jackson said. The reason Will Smith won the Oscar is because of this guy. The reason for Denzel [Washington], the reason for me, the reason for Danny [Glover], the reason for everyone is this guy who deserves more than 10 seconds of your time. “
Jackson went on to criticize the decision to give screen time to various athletes, who introduced the stage in honor of James Bond at the ceremony.
“They have their shows. They have ESPYs. Do that,” he said. “It’s a night in Hollywood that celebrates F-Hollywood. When I was young, what we used to have, looking at it and thinking, ‘What am I going to say when I get my stuff’, that’s the beauty of it all , luxury, Hollywood mystique. Something’s gone.”
Jackson recently starred in the Apple TV+ limited series “The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray” and will return to the Marvel Universe in two upcoming projects. First, he’ll star in the Disney+ series Secret Invasion alongside Ben Mendelsohn, Olivia Colman and Emilia Clarke, then in the upcoming Captain Marvel sequel, Marvel Reunited with Brie Larson in July 2023.