Happy New Year Fassinators (listen to a new 2 minute Podcast message)! It's that time for the annual review of Michael's activities of the past 12 months. In my seventh year of supporting the career of Michael Fassbender, we witnessed the ultimate high for any actor's career, and some eyebrow raising moments as well. In the end, the year 2014 was a good year for Michael, and here is a recap of the highlights covered at Fassinating Fassbender!
Spilling over from 2013 was the phenomenal success of Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave' in which Michael was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the overwhelming majority of critics associations and award bodies, including SAG, Golden Globes, BAFTA, and the almighty one, The Oscars! Michael did win some awards like the Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts, but the really big ones alluded him in what I feel was the most stressful, polarizing, bullshit filled awards campaign season, in all four decades that I have lived on this planet! I'm just a mere fan and a cinephile, and I was stressed out over it, so one can only imagine how Michael, Steve, and everyone associated with 12YAS felt. Although Michael was nominated left and right in the Best Supporting categories, the American voting bodies felt that his nomination was his reward because they just could not go the extra step and actually vote for his performance of Edwin Epps, a vile racist slave owner. Of course not, especially when there is a Maybelline pretty doe-eyed sassy talking but sweet transsexual AIDS victim going up against him. It feels good voting for the latter.
Red faced drunk rapist slaver - 0; pretty-ladyboy AIDS activist - 80.
Meanwhile, Frank premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to a lot of rave reviews!
|The Cast and Director of 12 Years a Slave|
The Counselor (grossly misunderstood and under appreciated) is released on Blu-ray/DVD. Michael starts filming MacBeth in England, but makes time to attend awards ceremonies where he and three of his fellow nominees continue to watch the same guy win over and over again. At this point, it's clear that it's a group effort of the cast and director to support the film itself on its way to historic Oscar gold.
|Oscar Best Picture celebration on stage!|
|Academy Award Nominated Actor, Michael Fassbender and his mum Adele.|
|Best Supporting Actor win at IFTA|
After six years, Fassinating Fassbender got a significant website makeover, thanks to the wonderful work of FF graphic artist, Hupsakeek! And with April being a month of renewal and change, FF finally decided to take the plunge into Facebook with Fassinating Fassbender Facebook. It was a necessary step to take to reach out to Fassinators who prefer a Facebook interface with FF and it has been coming along very nicely with the admin help of Vera and Stephanie.
'Frank' premiered in Dublin to much fan fare, and he appeared on the Late, Late Show before continuing his promotion for Frank in London.
|The coolest threesome on the planet!|
|Eleven Fassinators received their own exclusive Frank mask!|
June & July
Michael was Details magazine's double issue cover boy for June/July, a nice accomplishment! I wrote a review of Frank and in this month, it was announced that Michael would star in 'The Light Between Oceans'. The fandom starts to experience an upheaval by non-fans with ill intentions and I felt the need to write an essay to help clarify my stance on a persistent and annoying old rumor. Meanwhile, AMPAS extends an invitation to Michael Fassbender to join the organization. It is unknown if he accepted the invite to join.
|The cool kids at Glastonbury|
The light news that we do hear about Michael mid-summer was a few reports about him having fun at the Glastonbury Music Festival. Being a hard working actor has a lot of perks. It could be quite tiresome being on the film set for 14 hours a day, so when he's free to party, it's good to know that Michael can attend big events and only be seen when he wants to. Later in July, it's tweeted that Michael was spotted surfing in Biarritz.
Frank is to be released in the US on a limited roll-out starting August 16th. The summer dry spell for Fassy has broken with him going all out for a NYC promotion for Frank! Michael and his Frank co-stars performed as Soronprfs on the Colbert Report!
|Michael as Frank entertaining a New York City audience.|
September & October
No Fassy at TIFF this year, but he has been spotted in New Zealand getting prepared to film Oceans for the remainder of the year. In the second half of 2014, Michael has been promoting films, and enjoying private time, so information about him has been selective and sparse. Fassinating Fassbender relies on the TGiFassy theme for weekly updates. This year was a bit front loaded with big time coverage and news/information about him for the first 6 months, and then the latter part had very light news. During times like these, it's all the more important for readers to monitor updates at @FassFass twitter, Pinterest, and the Facebook page.
It is announced that Michael Fassbender replaced Christian Bale for the role in Sony's Steve Jobs biopic. And Michael received a Best Supporting Actor nomination from BIFA for Frank. For the next installment of X-Men: Apocalypse, Fox is going to milk the star power of Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender by creating a love story arc between Mystique and Magneto. This plot twist doesn't inspire much warmth from fans and X-Men fanatics. But with Singer still in the Director's chair, and with Michael and Jennifer bringing such charisma to their characters, I'm sure they'll make the most of this and it'll be interesting to watch at the least. Fassinating Fassbender mails off its annual Christmas greeting to Michael.
|Michael and Alicia in Sydney.|
|Michael Fassbender to star in bio-pic on Steve Jobs.|
Whoever ends up playing Jobs will inherit what Sorkin has called "an extremely difficult role," with "more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined."
It looks to me that they did indeed hire the right actor for this role.
These are the main highlights of another Fassinating year in the career of Michael Fassbender! I have high hopes for 2015 and I know that Michael is going to reach even higher heights in his career this year. I have often said this before during times when the media was heavily focused on Michael, but it really is a pleasure to be the fan of such a good human being who is not only very talented, but professional, sweet, kind, and grateful for all his fans, and what we do for him here at Fassinating Fassbender.
Happy New Year to everyone and Michael, and may this year be even more exciting!