Friday, December 5, 2008

C'est Friday: Michael in Los Angeles

I'm not even going lie, it would be fun to attend the Nuart theater tonight in Los Angeles as Michael will be there to introduce himself and his film 'Hunger' to The Powers That Be of Hollywood land. Better late than never, and this one week promotion of Hunger in the LA area is being done so that the film and Michael's performance can qualify to be considered for Oscar nominations. I don't know how much fan interaction there will be, but this is a serious event for Michael and I don't know who else from the film or the production company, IFC, will be there with Michael. But it's very important that this all come to together on a good note so that once and for all, the people who will be voting in the upcoming critic awards and the Golden Globes, SAG, and Academy Awards, etc., at least see Michael's performance and Hunger.
If after they view it, and they don't like it, well, that would be unfortunate, but at least they have to see it in order to judge it and give Michael and the film fair consideration. What pissed me off with the National Board of Review (NBR) "winners" yesterday was my wondering about how in the hell can the NBR announce winners of the entire year, as of December 4th, without seeing ALL the films and performances yet? They can't and that's why it's all bullshit. It's like they spread the wealth over a select number of popular movies that grabbed the attention of some critics at the moment and just announced those favorites as 'the best' and now they will have those flavors of the month invited to a posh dinner where 'the best' will be honored. Otherwise, how could Clint Eastwood win the Best Actor when so many other actor performances have not even been reviewed? And I'm not just talking about Michael; I'm not that biased and blind. But at the end of the day, the NBR is just a separate entity amongst a sea of others and their announcement is just one of many, and more exciting ones are on the horizon.
Also, I'm going to take a moment and put my neck on the line with the following personal proclamation: I so strongly feel that Michael Fassbender deserves, at the LEAST, an Oscar nomination for his excellent portrayal of Bobby Sands in 'Hunger', that if he is NOT announced as a nominee on January 22nd, I will not watch the Oscars presentation for the first time since 1998 (I was at boot camp for the Navy Reserves). However, if Hunger otherwise is nominated in other top categories, I may reconsider, but hands down, I am so damn committed to seeing this man get the respect he deserves for his own personal and professional commitment to this role, that if he is ignored come Oscar time, I will just have to find something else to do on Oscar night. I don't know what the hell I'll do with myself, as I'm a proud Oscarholic, but dammit, I got principles and if they embarrass themselves by not recognizing a true Oscar caliber performance, then they yet again lost credibility with Simone and I ain't gonna watch it!
So with that said, if you are able to attend tonight's screening of Hunger at the Nuart Theater in Los Angeles, please feel free to post a comment about your experience and share any critical comments of the film, and any photos you may have taken.


Alice said...

Had to leave you a message...

Michael hadn't been to Troika yet, but he reassured us that he gets his mail. He even said that he has the card that was sent last year.

There's a ton of things we found out and I have to write them in my blog, but I wanted you to know that.

Also, for some odd reason, I never got your card entry last year into the holiday card we sent him, so I brought it with me and bought a holiday card with envelope to put together to give to him.

It looks like they will be bringing him back for the US release of Hunger, in March. There were supposed to have a bunch of interviews with newspapers and tv, but they ALL fell through.

Simone said...

Thanks for the update Alice, I really appreciate it.

And I remember you posting at MFO that you got my card last year. Well, thanks for saving it.

Alice said...

Yes, I did get your card in time, but I had too many trips between Thanksgiving and Christmas, that I got a little stressed with the card. I sent everything to Kathy through email, but since yours was a hard copy, I forgot to send it. So I promised myself that I would hand it to Michael, to make sure he got it.