Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Michael Fassbender Won't Campaign for Oscar but That Doesn't Mean He Doesn't Want an Oscar

The internet was abuzz on Tuesday when posted their November cover story on Michael Fassbender. Out of the entire interview, the MSM focused on two issues: his personal life, and his comments about not campaigning for the Oscars. The latter got the most juices flowing and comments have mostly been supportive, while others have ridiculed him.

Here is the controversial portion (bold emphasis are mine):

The Counselor is too defiantly bloody and operatic to threaten much in the way of Academy Awards, but 12 Years a Slave seems likely to be a different story. It is hard to imagine Fassbender's Epps not being in the Oscar conversation. Which is a problem that Fassbender—who has been down this road and has no desire to try it again—has already solved.

He is going to New Zealand. He's got a production company he started with a pal, and they're doing their first feature. Production begins mid-October. After that, he's shooting Macbeth with Marion Cotillard. "I'm going to be busy working," Fassbender says. "I just don't really have time."

But people have a way of being like, "You need to be at this luncheon."

"That's just not going to happen, because I'll be in New Zealand. I'll be on the other side of the world. You know, I get it. Everybody's got to do their job. So you try and help and facilitate as best you can. But I won't put myself through that kind of situation again."

He goes on a bit about the process of campaigning for one of these things. "It's just a grind. And I'm not a politician. I'm an actor."

Around Oscar season, the lines get pretty blurred between those two things.

"Not if you're not there!"

As I stated in the previous thread, I understand where he's coming from and I don't blame him one bit in staying out of the circus that is the Oscar nomination process. I have said many times before, and rather obnoxiously I admit, that Michael was screwed over in 2012 when he was not nominated for Shame. As you all recall as well, Michael's face was everywhere from the first week of Sept 2011 til Oscar nomination day in mid January 2012. He was on a dozen magazine covers, he went on Letterman for the first time, he traveled all over the country and the world promoting Shame, he did countless print interviews, won countless critics awards, and he even participated in an actor's round table of possible Oscar nominees, and he was shirtless on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter, and pose seductively in another photo shoot. All of this was fun for him and for us, but most certainly, it was a marketing and PR maneuver designed to get that coveted Oscar nomination. But it never came.

Michael is a busy in demand actor, and maybe it was a deliberate move to film two movies on the other side of the planet, so far removed from Hollywood, that it would be a burden to even fly to the states to participate in any campaign schmoozing. He's been there done that and got burned and bummed out from the political process. In his comment to GQ, he did not say that he does not disrespect AMPAS, he did not say that he does not want an Oscar, all he's saying is that he will not participate in the campaigning for the Oscar anymore. Michael is a professional and he's just focusing on his work. He's an actor first and foremost, and he's a busy one at that, and he needs to focus on his job. After all, it's his work that pays the bills, not running around smiling and trying impress voters who can't really be bothered to watch his films due to whatever personal issues they have with said film.

I'm happy that Michael has stated this because it needed to be said by someone like him. Some people who lack common sense and are uncouth will think he's being sour for being snubbed for Shame. He's being a realist and he's moving on and focusing on the important things. Surely if time allows, he will oblige and participate in interviews from afar if he is nominated, but it's the whoring of himself that he will not divulge in again, it's not worth it, and it won't be much fun. People should respect his decision.

If you haven't read the article about Michael's comments, please check it out, and make note of the following comment posted by someone:

I worked with Michael on a film and I don’t think a crew member could ask for a more gracious and professional actor to work alongside. There are likely no ulterior motives in this decision, probably just giving respect to those with whom he’s working in New Zealand.

Comment by He's the best — Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 5:13pm PDT

He certainly is the best! Now go watch that short video of the GQ photo session!


Barbara B said...

Yes, yes and yes to all the above! His decision to shoot a movie in New Zealand instead of getting involved in the vanity fair of Oscar campaigning is probably nothing but his attempt to keep his feet firm on the groud. And isn't that what we love him for? So kudos to Fassbender for staying true to his caft.

Hupsakeek said...

totally agree on your post! And I love it when you demanding me to watch the vid...:)

Dionne said...

People are always grasping at straws when it comes to Michael. The man is busy with prior engagements, he's not going to burden himself like last time to be snubbed and that's respectable. He is an actor and it's great if he's awarded for mastering his craft but it's not his job to kiss the old dude's (The Academy) behind in order to get the recognition he deserves.

Martha said...
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Martha said...

I don't know if I read this or heard this, but Steve McQueen said that Michael's campaign was making the movie.

Basically people need to watch the movie and then decide who did the best job. How weird that people have to go around and "campaign" and tell the Academy "Look how good I am". If they didn't convince you (Academy voters) with their performance then maybe they only did an okay job. Go with the person who you think knocks it out of the park!!!!

Oh and Simone, I keep watching that video over and over. He is so lovely to look at. Sigh…

Agnieszka W said...

He and the divine and wise .....