Friday, December 11, 2015
This was a great week for Michael Fassbender. He won the Best Actor category from the LA Film critics group. Then on Wednesday he was nominated for a Best Actor SAG award, followed by a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination on Thursday. Over the past few weeks, I have become concerned in seeing so-called awards prognosticators all but eliminate Michael Fassbender from their top 5 lists. His work in Steve Jobs is being prematurely, and arrogantly dismissed by prognosticators who simply don't appreciate Michael's body of work, including his current dramatic turns in Jobs and Macbeth. He's still considered "new", not a solid A-lister, and has yet to pay his dues before he should be honored with the big time awards. And even with Michael being so honored this week, there are still some prognosticators who are proclaiming shock that Michael has been nominated, while others gently acknowledge that Michael needed these nominations to stay on the awards radar. All prognosticators are in agreement that there is no crystal clear front runner.
In other news this week, it appears that the filming of Assassin's Creed will be winding down soon, just in time for Michael to enjoy the holidays before he does his part to campaign during the awards season, and then head down to Australia to start working on Prometheus 2. Most of us recall Michael's comments about him being an actor and not a politician. That's a good attitude to have, but don't think for one moment that campaigning is beneath Michael, it's not as if he hasn't been campaigning all the long, it's just not shoved down your throat and obvious campaigning, but it's campaigning none the less. So expect to see him ramp it up just a tad - he has to, that's the name of the game in Hollywood. It's not fun being an outstanding actor and doing excellent work, and being nominated left and right, and seeing others, who play the game oh so well, take all the accolades. Michael's been there and done that, and maybe this time will be different for him. The first stop at the beginning of the year will be at the Palm Springs International Film Festival where Michael will be honored with the International Star Award, and I'll be there to watch it. I'm still pinching myself over this.
This Saturday, me and local Fassinator Myriam will go see Macbeth. We're very excited to share the experience of watching a Fassbender film together so that we can talk about it with someone afterwards. I'll post a review of it early next week.