Monday, January 23, 2012

It will happen

This time tomorrow, we will know if Michael is an Oscar nominee.
I can't remember the last time I have been so excited and had so much personal time invested in celebrating the hopeful inclusion of an actor in the Oscar's Best Actor race. And I highly doubt I will do this for any other actor than Michael Fassbender. A lot of people strongly think he will be nominated, and a few think he will just miss the cut. But Newsweek thinks highly enough about him to include him with King Clooney in their Newsweek's Oscar Roundtable! Go read it all at Newsweek, and there are a few pictures and a short video clip of the roundtable.


Laughing over a bad golf joke eh?
Hey, I saw 'Haywire' Saturday night in a theater that was like 70% full. It was a very good movie, and the fight scenes were incredible. It's so cool to see a woman kick so much man ass in a film. The scene between Gina and Michael was the best fight scene of the movie because he was kicking her butt and she was knocking the crap out of him. Maybe he's as light in weight as he appears because she was manhandling him like he only weighed 100lbs. Michael/Paul looked really surprised and shocked in how Gina/Mallory was going toe to toe with him. And in the end, she had no pity for Paul. But... the lad did put up a good fight.

Now, I was surprised about one thing. In their hotel suite that Paul/Mallory shared as pretend husband and wife, Michael/Paul took a shower. And I'm starting to wonder if it is in Michael's contract that he must appear nude/near nude in all his films. He came out of the shower, all wet and with a towel barely covering his lower part... and it was not a quick glance. The man just cannot NOT look good on film... fully clothed like a GQ model, prancing around wet in a towel, or getting his ass whooped. He's flawless.

So, if you haven't seen Haywire, please go see it. And although Michael is in it for a short time, it is a meaty role however brief it is. The film is very tension filled and the plot is pretty radical for an espionage film.

Haywire Grade: B or 8/10


Source: Newsweek

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fun trivia: last year, all the actors that Newsweek included in their Oscar round table were nominated for their respective roles.

Simone said...

Well... that's a fun trivia factoid. Danke! ♥

Anonymous said...

Yup, the bravest choice being Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine, whom most prognosticators thought may not make the cut (due to the film's controversial nature and its initial NC-17 rating my the MPAA)...

Simone said...

However, the rating for Blue Valentine was changed to an 'R' rating... just in time for nomination time.

I saw the movie and still can't believe it got an NC17 at first. I'm like, really? Over that?

Anonymous said...

Yup, and even then most pundits had predicted Steinfeld or Manville in the 5th slot for Best Actress. Dave Karger at EW was one of the few to guess all five correctly before nomination morning. I hope he's right about the Best Actor category this year.

Manuela said...

i ve seen it. not impressed. Michael is perfact as always but movie is so boring even there were fight scenes i expected more. anyway supported Shame 5 times)))))) and now i pray for Oscar nomination. i think it should happen all these magazines roundtables interview - very aggressive agitation. but he deserves it.

Flora said...

This must be so weird for you, Simone. You've supported an actor for five years, from pretty much obscurity to the eve of a possible Oscar nomination and suddenly everyone's talking about him and he's having his picture taken drinking champagne with Charlize Theron and George Clooney. You must be seriously tempted to get a t-shirt printed up that has a giant picture of his face (or, ahem, not his face) and the slogan, "I told you so!"

I have my fingers crossed for tomorrow - as I've said elsewhere I'm not convinced he will get the nomination, not for this particular film, but articles and photos like this sure make it look as though Hollywood has already accepted him as one of them, so who knows? Maybe I'm totally wrong!

Flora said...

Ooh, did anyone follow mthe link to the Daily Beast article where they have video clips from this interview? Worth checking out!

Anonymous said...

The video clips from this Newsweek round table are incredible. Charlize Theron in particular makes many observant comments about Michael's performance in Shame. You can tell it's a role that other actors can appreciate for its bravery.

Simone said...

@Flora, yes, I have been following Michael's career since early 2007, a few other fans have noticed him a bit earlier due to his UK TV appearances. But I was the loudest Fassinator during the 2008-2009 Award season as I was telling everyone I could on the internet about this kid named Fassbender in this film called 'Shame'. It was a must see and he should get nominated. I was ridiculed and called an obsessive and stalker, all because I supported a 'nobody foreign actor'.

It is more fun and exciting this time around, but it sucks that this blog still is not referenced by Google in the news alert, because it's so small. Instead, they have some cheesy generic gossip writer write about Michael, and it gets a million hits. I can't explain it - Google/Advertising politics... but I digress.

What I want to say is that I'm just really proud of Michael's progression over the years I have been following him to get to this point. If he receives a nomination tomorrow, it would validate what I've been talking about forever. If he's not, then AMPAS would validate that they really don't know or appreciate true talent when they see it and we Fassinators will strive on.

MLM said...

Michael is in good company there. I love that these actors really know their film history and what inspired them. As Clooney astutely argues, really, at the end of the day, most people will not remember who won a gold statue. Viola Davis reminded us that "How Green Is My Valley" a great film, had beaten "Citizen Kane", a masterpiece in the early 40s.

Flora said...

Well, you know what? You should be really proud of your site. I've been onto the MF IMDB page a few times this week and most of the comments seem to consist of illiterate filth, racism, homophobia, misogyny, and a lot of scurrilous gossip that frankly made me feel nauseated. Basically, it's like Youtube for people who can type with two fingers not just one.

So I want to say that I really appreciate that this site is for genuine fans, and that there is actually a decent level of discourse you don't usually see on fanblogs (where "Omg! He's so hot!" is all there is to read, over and over).

Oh, and your reponse to those W magazine pictures last week kept making me laugh out loud for days afterwards... :D

Simone said...

Hey Flora, I steer clear of IMDB if at all possible... it's sad the state that the Fassbender discussions are at there. But yet, people seem to enjoy being there and that says a lot about them.

In regards to my W magazine silliness, that's what it all was, to lighten the mood and to just let my hair down and show I can drool too. I'm not blind, and in all honesty, Michael's my type of dude, but I'll never get to tap that! LOL! And I accept that. :p

I'm glad you enjoy FF as much as I enjoy writing for it.

emmy said...

I've my fingers crossed for tomorrow !!!!! xD Michael will do it =)

These shoots with Charlize and George are amazing, thanks =)

Simone said...

Roger Ebert - who gave Shame a 4-star rating and says that Michael should be nominated, just posted this at his blog:

"For Best Actor, there are four front runners: Dujardin, Hollywood favorite George Clooney ("The Descendants"), Brad Pitt ("Moneyball") and Michael Fassbender ("Shame"). For Fassbender, the nomination itself will likely be the award, because the image-conscious Academy is unlikely to honor a performance as a compulsive masturbator."

Oh yes, the academy MUST think of themselves first!

Sun Times

Dionne said...

I'm so excited! I have class tomorrow morning but I will be on my laptop for sure! I'm hopeful that Michael will get a nom.
On a side note, I haven't been to IMDB message boards in a couple months now. It seems like a cesspool for inaccurate info., gossip, and just plain ignorance.
I wish Michael luck!

Flora said...

Does anyone know what time the nominations are being announced in GMT? (ie, London)? I'm guessing from reports it is early in the morning in LA, and as we're 8 hours ahead, it'll likely be around 4pm here, but I'd love to have that confirmed.

Simone said...

Since it will be announced at 5:30am PST, and 8:30am EST (my zone), it will be 13:30 GMT.

:-)

Flora said...

5.30! My God, that IS early! Thanks, 1.30pm is perfect, that means I can check out Oscar in my lunch hour.

ps: Interview with Michael in the Feb issue of Company magazine in the UK, print copy only. I can scan a copy for you if you haven't seen it.

Anonymous said...

It's so weird, I was actually more nervous about the SAG nominations than I am for tomorrow's. I think I have more tempered expectations now, so I won't be upset if the nod doesn't materialize. At the very least, Michael has people talking right now, which can't be bad for prospective opportunities. I feel that his future is bright, regardless of the outcome tomorrow morning.

Simone said...

I'm pretty calm, considering that I have been harping for this day for the longest. I'm in a Zen Buddhist frame of mind right now, and I'll accept whatever decision comes.

BTW, the reason why California broadcast the announcements so early is because in EST, the time zone of the East Coast/namely New York and the media, this type of entertainment news that the entire industry holds its breath for, the news will be early in the day, 8:30am for us to talk about all day. There's a method to the madness.

bluetea said...

Fingers crossed for tomorrow .

Anonymous said...

I, for one, will be devastated if Michael doesn't get a nomination. If he doesn't get a nom, I'll have no interest in watching the show. I just don't care about any of the others. I know he won't win but just the thought of seeing him in the audience during the show will be enough for me to tune in.

I'll be crossing my fingers tomorrow morning.

dshultz said...

I'm central time, so 7:30 for me. I hope to God I'll have my computer out and running at the time. It'll totally make or ruin my day depending on whether or not he gets nominated.

Anonymous said...

Confession: I was briefly considering taking tomorrow off. I was anticipating I might need the time to get over it if he isn't nominated (I'd be too morose to be much use), and if he does get nominated, I'd be too excited to concentrate on my job.

But I'm just going to have to suck it up and act professional, though. ;)

Iris said...

Those video clips from the Newsweek round table are wonderful.loved it.
I am happy to see Ebert think Michael has a chance, he is right most of the time.

Simone said...

@anon 11:55, I know what you mean, contrary to my previous blog post from last week, I believe, I will go into work as I have some courier stuff to do as soon as the nominations have been announced. Dang. So I'll be in a jolly mood, or a bit irritated. But I'll still be professional. :-)

I'm sure we all will be happy as clams in a couple hours.

dshultz said...

3 minutes to air! Oh shit! 7:35! Oh shit!

dshultz said...

Fassy didn't get in!

Anonymous said...

No :(( :((

dshultz said...

The nominees, Demian Bichir, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, and Brad Pitt! The fuck!

At least Gary got in, finally! Finally! BUT FUCK YOU ACADEMY, FUCK YOU!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Why? FUCK THEM? :((

Anonymous said...

They're so afraid of Shame :(

Anonymous said...

Wow, not DiCaprio or Michael.

Anonymous said...

They basically nominated EVERYONE but Michael. I can't believe it.

Anonymous said...

Awww :( I had a feeling though as wonderful as an actor MF is, he wouldn't be nominated for an Oscar this year. He is still a relatively new actor on the scene compared to every other artist nominated for 'Best Actor' and perhaps the people behind the Oscar's probably deemed him as not having "paid his dues yet" to be nominated for such a prestigious award (which of course stinks!). Also not surprised that the NC-17 Shame wasn't nominated for "Best Picture' although it was potent enough to be. I didn't see the two films Pitt and Clooney are nominated for B A for (they didn't interest me one bit as Shame did), sure both are solidly good actors, but in my book, MF is 1000 times better. I hope that in the next years to come MF blows the "Oscar people" (eye roll) away with an outstanding performance in their book so he will be nominated and win (although us fans already know that he is already worthy NOW of being Oscar nominated). The important thing to take away is that MF has to know he's a great actor and his supporters definitely know he is a great acto- and at the end of the day- that's the important thing. Screw an Oscar! (Never truly saw a point in handing out statues anyway!).
*I'm the biggest movie fan but have never watched any of the award shows. I am however rooting for The Artist to win for 'Best Pic' and Jean Jean Dujardin to win for 'Best Actor'- BRILLIANT movie and BRILLIANT actor. If Pitt especially, or Clooney win for 'Best Actor' over Dujardin, or The Artist doesn't win for 'Best Pic'- the Oscars will have proved itself to be a waste of time if enormously gifted actors and important, risk-taking, masterpiece type films don't win.*
**Also really shocked that the wonderful Leonardo DiCaprio wasn't nominated for 'Best Actor' for J. Edgar. I would have loved him to be nominated instead of especially Pitt or Clooney- now it definitely WAS DiCaprio's time for an Oscar win*