Friday, February 19, 2010

Michael wins at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards

Fish Tank was showed great respect from the London Film Critics' Circle Awards last night in London. Michael Fassbender won for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Fish Tank!

* Michael Fassbender * – Fish Tank
John Hurt – 44 Inch Chest
Jason Isaacs – Good
Alfred Molina – An Education
Timothy Spall – The Damned United

* Irish actors / filmmakers are eligible in all British categories (Michael Fassbender was born in Germany to a Northern Irish mother)

Gritty movie Fish Tank was also a big winner on the night - the film picked up four of the event's major prizes, including Best British Director for Andrea Arnold, The Attenborough Award for British Film Of The Year, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender and Young British Performer Of The Year for newcomer Katie Jarvis. - Yahoo! News UK & Ireland

Michael's Inglourious Basterds' co-star, Christoph Waltz won Best Actor for Inglourious Basterds!

And as the Oscar race is really heating up, it's been my pleasure to read comments from top Oscarologists about Inglourious Basterds' good chances to win the Best Picture Oscar next month. Read Roger Friedman's 'Basterds' Oscar Surprise' article:

Could Quentin Tarantino’s self described “masterpiece” be the upset winner at the Academy Awards?

Suddenly, the “Inglourious Basterds” are surfing a tidal wave to the March 7 ceremonies at the Kodak Theater.

“Basterds” won the SAG Award for best ensemble cast. Screen Actors Guild voters make up the majority of the Academy. “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Crash,” “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” Chicago” and “No Country for Old Men” all went from the SAG Award to the Oscar for best picture. Think back to when “Crash” beat “Brokeback Mountain.” SAG has proven to be a an accurate weather vane.

I told you this might happen. Voters tire of front runners. “Avatar” — despite its technological advances — is not warmly received by Academy members. “The Hurt Locker” has been out there a long time and has many admirers (myself included).

But “Basterds” seems to be a guilty pleasure, especially among Academy voters. It has two things pulling it forward, also: Tarantino, who’s never won an Oscar but has rabid fans. And Christoph Waltz, who’s a cinch to win best supporting actor for his portrayal of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Waltz is Austrian, but what makes his whole Cinderella story so amazing is that his children are Jewish thanks to his first marriage. His son is studying to be a rabbi. Talk about poetic justice!

There seems to be no question that Kathryn Bigelow and “The Hurt Locker” are on a roll. But there’s also an issue that few people have seen the Iraq war movie. Whereas “Basterds” took in over $120 million at the boxoffice. It’s also a war fable, with inspired madness from a terrific cast including Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger and Michael Fassbender.

One sign of things to come: that lunch last week in Hollywood. Warren Beatty, Ron Howard, and other big names turned out to support Tarantino.There were a lot of places those people might have broken bread that day, but they’re voters, and they wanted to be seen there. I’m just sayin’…

Well, I say you're saying the truth brother. Fingers crossed!

Congratulations to Michael on winning yet another acting award to add to his mantle!

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