However, I do want to share with you an article I discovered today to help us better understand why this year was not meant to be. You see, Michael Fassbender is a Leading Man actor. Period. And therefore, in the future when he is nominated again, he'll surely be in the Best Actor category; the more prestigious acting category. Why is it more prestigious? Because it's an honor of the actor that has the lead role in a film, and has the more screen time. Take for instance, Cate Blanchett. This lovely actress won her first Oscar several years ago in the Supporting Actress category for The Aviator. And I lie to you not when I tell you that hardcore Cate fans felt from that very moment after she won her supporting Oscar, yearned for her to win a "real" Oscar - the Best Actress Oscar (and she's on track to do that with Blue Jasmine). Yes... there is a difference between the two. Sure, an Oscar is an Oscar, they both are gold, they weigh the same, and look pretty on the winner's mantle at home. But there is a difference between Best Actor/Actress, and Best Supporting Actor/Actress. One is a higher achiever than the other. And as this article implies, at the end of the day, an Oscar is an Oscar, but, the supporting award doesn't have as much prestige.
Of all the honours that can be bestowed, a best supporting actor or actress award seems to carry the least respect, the Toronto Sun said.
So when Michael's name is not announced in the supporting category on March 2, let's not bat an eye, he'll have another chance one day, and next time, it'll be for the Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture film.
Best Actor Oscar vs. Best Supporting Actor Oscar: What's the Difference?