Thursday, January 19, 2012

Michael won Best British Actor at London Film Critics' Circle Awards

Michael Fassbender won the Best British Actor award tonight at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards. He was also a double nominee this evening as he was nominated in the Best Actor category... the winner there was Jean Dujardin of The Artist! I knew Michael could not win both, and as a UK based actor, he is considered British, hence, his being listed in that category.
Congratulations Michael on winning another honor for your outstanding work in 2011!

13 comments:

tankgirly said...

He's so worth it.

Tank

Dionne said...

Congrats Michael!

Anonymous said...

I just saw someone on a message board make a really good point: the LLFC awards showed that if there is any UK actor that the British bloc (a very substantial portion of AMPAS) supports, it's Fassbender and not Oldman. Forget the BAFTA (I agree that it's likely Dujardin's), what matters is that this contingent of AMPAS voters cast their ballots for Michael before Friday's deadline. I hope so!

dshultz said...

Terrific for both of them. That's like, perfect.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Simone!

Don't know if you have already seen this, but I thought I would recommend it anyways.

http://www.npr.org/2012/01/18/145390854/michael-fassbender-portraying-an-addicts-shame

//Razia

Manuela said...

BAFTA we need BAFTA. after stupid GG....anyway love him. shame is amazing just cant get why shame i mean they could gave other title -loneliness or broken heart...just wonder

Flora said...

There's always a lot of irate comments on internet whinge forums whenever an Irish person wins in the British category at awards (not the first time for MF either - I think he won some sort of Best British Actor award for Fish Tank as well). As far as I understand it people from Ireland are eligible in all the "British" categories and that's how it's always been.

I don't think it's Brits trying to "claim" Irish stars as their own necessarily, but more that the two film industries are so interwined. If Irish stars were having to go up against Brad, George et al in the main categories instead, I imagine they'd have a lot less chance of winning!

Also, you do have to take into account the geographical split in Ireland. Would it preferable to have a situation where Northern Irish cast members of a film would be eligible for these awards but Southern Irish cast members wouldn't - on the same film? That would be more ridiculous, I think.

Personally, there are so many Irish people in the UK that although I know it's a different country, I don't think of them as "foreign" in the same way I would of someone from elsewhere in Europe. Hope that makes sense!

Next stop the Evening Standard Film Awards on Feb 6th, I believe! Surely that one's Michael's for the taking?

Flora said...

Forgot to say - there were some lovely pics of Michael and Carey Mulligan together at these awards. She didn't win, but she was up against Olivia Colman, who definitely deserved it and hasn't won anything else, so that's fair enough.

I did laugh at the Daily Mail's description of their characters in Shame as a "feuding brother and sister" (hmm, is that what you'd call it?) and the film in general as a "thriller", which makes it sound like some sort of terrible action film with Bruce Willis. Either they haven't seen the film or they're just being very, very coy...

Anonymous said...

Doesn't make sense. Rep of Ireland and Killarney are NOT part of Britain ... Simple as !!

Anonymous said...

Michael has dual citizenship and he is a UK citizen, right? That's what I guess when I first knew of his nomination.

Simone said...

Come on people, what's the big deal? The man's family home base is in Ireland, he has lived in London for well over a decade, and he has a German passport. He's a European who calls London his home. Irish actors are proudly embraced by Britain as one of their own come award time - I've never heard of any Irish nominee balking at being referred to as 'British' when it came to an acting honor.

It's just the category title of an award that is handed out once a year. This is not a test for his Irish/German/British loyalties. Michael proudly accepted it and moved on.

Anonymous said...

He is not "British". No one is. "British" is just a word used by English imperialists to dominate the Scots and Welsh. He should have refused this particular (dis)honour. "Shame" indeed.

Anonymous said...

I was under the impression he qualified for 'British Actor' due to his Mother being from Co Antrim in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland of course being part of the United Kingdom & it's citizens being British citizens with British passports. Those with British Mothers born before 1981 are automatically considered British Citizens at birth.