Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shame on the NYFCC

Dear New York Film Critic's Circle,


What the fuck? I mean come on. Are you guys going to tell me that Brad Pitt's performance in Moneyball, and The Tree of Life, combined, was better than Michael Fassbender in Shame? Also, let me remind you that he was also in Jane Eyre, X-Men, and A Dangerous Method. And in Shame, he demonstrated the heights of bravery that actors like Brad Pitt will NEVER, EVER do. Someone like him cannot consider it. His 'brand' would be affected! In fact, there is no other actor of Michael's caliber who is confident enough, mature enough, serious enough as an actor, to take on such a controversial and demanding role.

I don't mean to hate on Brad Pitt, I like him, I really like him. But Michael was simply better. Jean Dujardin was better. Ryan Gosling in Drive, WAS... Better!

Don't make Brad Pitt the boy version of Sandra Bullock this year, just because.

One down, 15 more to go... this is not the end, and there will be a smart and brave critics' group to acknowledge Michael Fassbender. That is one major downfall in scrambling in haste to be 'First'!

14 comments:

captwentworth said...

Couldn't agree with you more! I mean, really? the best actor for two roles together? Michael has two roles too and they are both brilliant!

On the side note, Simone, what's your opinions on the indication of NYFCC's results towards the award season?

cinemachick said...

I totally agree with you, Simone! I like Brad Pitt a lot and he showed some very mature work this year. BUT it wasn't exactly watercooler talk. Maybe NYFCC is going for mainstream names to get a bit of publicity for themselves. Critics' awards are fun but the general movie-going public pay little attention to them. A name like Brad Pitt would show they are not "elitist". Oh well. (BTW: I can't wait for Roger Ebert's review of 'Shame').

Manuela said...

i dont know ( i can kill someone) i cant be impartial but Fass made such a great job this year. he deserves more than others to be awarded. personally i didnt like Pitt`s perfomance.

Simone said...

@Captwentworth, the NYFCC results should not have much bearing, if anything for the remainder of the award season. They pulled a slick one in jumping several days ahead of the traditional Nat'l Board of Review to be first this year in selecting their winners. Now that this is done, it's over and the others will have their say. I still believe that Michael has a great chance to be honored by more insightful and mature groups... whom, I do not know. The NC17 rating will be the shield NYFCC and others will cowardly stand behind in not rewarding Shame.


In all, I'm going to work hard to not get too emotional or take these ignorant losses personally. At the end of the day, Michael and his fans should be proud of the work he did and he will win other awards.

Now more than ever, I just really want him to receive his Oscar NOMINATION and we'll just let fate do what it does.

Anonymous said...

The NYFCC Awards are pretty much invalid for declaring Brad Pitt the winner. Simple as. On a brighter note - Shame has been nominated for Best International Film at the Independent Spirit Awards! :D

emmy said...

I'm so disapointed. Pitt ? Argggh I really don't like him. I think he is not a very good actor (that's just my opinion of course.)I hope Michael will get what he deserves, because he deserces A LOT, especially a Oscar Nomination ...
But the result of NYFCC afraid me, I hope others critics'awards won't do the same think ... :/

Simone said...

@Emmy, read my newest article, I hope I address some of your concerns.

Anonymous said...

@Simone The Spirits Awards are for American productions only, so Michael/Steve weren't even eligible. You mustn't forget this very crucial fact... That's why they got the International nod.

Simone said...

Thank you for clarifying that, this is an important rule to note.



*I retract my previous comments about the Indy Spirit Awards. ;-)

Pauly said...

Brad Pitt?? Are you kidding?! I was expecting at least the guy from The Artist if not Michael. They just lost all credibility.

Ariel said...

In my very personal opinion, Brad Pitt is not a good actor... And if he didn't get the Oscar for "12 monkeys" and wasn't nominated for "fight club" or "Snatch" (his better performances),he certainly don't deserve anything now...

Simone said...

Fuckin' A!

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MLM said...

I think awards are often popularity contests. I'm a cynic about all these door prizes and wouldn't be too surprised if Michael and Steve McQueen get overlooked. By the way, Harvey Weinstein will be pulling his prodigious weight around in getting "The Artist" recognized, so Michael is against some tough and and more deserving competition than Pitt.