Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Jackson opened up about how he’s put less emphasis on winning an Oscar over time. “As jaded as I wanted to be about it, you know I thought, ‘Well, I should have won an Oscar for that, or should have won that, and it didn’t happen,’ when I got over it many years ago, it wasn’t one big deal for me,” the actor told the outlet.
Of course, Jackson still loves going to the Oscars to celebrate Hollywood, adding that he’s also looking forward to receiving a gift basket to present at the awards. Jackson recently graced the stage at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles with his Pulp Fiction co-stars (and fellow Pulp Fiction Oscar nominees) John Travolta and Uma Thurman to present Will Smith with his Best Actor Oscar .
Jackson went on to clarify that winning an Oscar does not validate his experience as an actor. Instead, luck does. “I never wanted to use the Oscars as a measure of my success or failure as an actor. My measure of success is my happiness: Am I happy with what I’m doing? I don’t make statue chasing films,” Jackson told the Los Angeles Times. In fact, Jackson seems grateful that he was chasing pleasure in films that would earn him an award, and pointed out that when people tell him to choose a particular film, he dismisses the idea, just um get prices. “No thanks,” Jackson said. “I’d rather be Nick Fury. Or have fun being Mace Windu with a lightsaber in hand.”