Samuel L. Jackson is regarded as one of the greatest actors to never win an Oscar, with the star only nominated once for his generation-defining performance in 'Pulp Fiction'.

The star hasn't been nominated since, and lost on the night to Martin Landu for his performance as horror legend Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's cult classic 'Ed Wood'.

Earlier this year, Jackson told the Sunday Times he felt he "should have won" for 'Pulp Fiction', but in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, the star said his Oscar-chasing days are over.

In fact, the star is more than happy to play Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“As jaded as I wanted to be about it, you know thinking, ‘Well, I should have won an Oscar for this or should have won for that and it didn’t happen,’ once I got over it many years ago, it wasn’t a big deal for me,” Jackson said.

"I always have fun going to the Oscars. I always look forward to getting a gift basket for being a presenter. I give stuff to my relatives; my daughter and my wife would take stuff out. It’s cool, but otherwise, I was past it.”

The star said he has made peace with the Oscars as a concept, and said he wasn't going to let the awards define his illustrious career.

"I was never going to let the Oscars be a measure of my success or failure as an actor - my yardstick of success is my happiness," the acting icon said.

"Am I satisfied with what I’m doing? I’m not doing statue-chasing movies."

"People say, if you do this movie, you’ll win an Oscar.’ No, thanks. I’d rather be Nick Fury. Or having fun being Mace Windu with a lightsaber in my hand.”

Jackson added he's fine with giving up the ghost of an Oscar-worthy role if it means he can make movies on his own terms.

"I want to do the stuff that made me want to go to the movies when I was a kid. I want to do that movie that people just want to see so they can get out of themselves. That’s the guy I chose to be and I’m fine with it."

The actor is at peace with his legacy, adding "I’m satisfied because that’s who I am. I’m the guy who does the lines that people see on t-shirts" 

"There’s actors who go their whole careers and no one can quote a line they’ve said in a movie. People go to watch my movies to see how crazy I’m going to be or see how many times I say "motherf***a!" - whatever gets them in the seats," he said.

Jackson's movies have made a collective total of over $27 billion dollars worldwide across all roles, with roles in the blockbusters like 'Star Wars' and the 'Avengers' films as well as supporting roles in more auteur-driven projects such as 'Django Unchained' or 'Glass'.

Jackson will next be seen on our screens in the upcoming 'Ant-Man' sequel, as well as a role in the Henry Cavill spy thriller 'Argylle'.