We haven't had a poll in a very long time here at FF, so now is the perfect time to have one. In the past few weeks, I have given you guys a couple pieces of my mind about this year's Oscar "race". I write "race" because it's not a race this year. The activities leading up to the February 28th ceremony is a well oiled PR machine, akin to a steamroller, actually, for one actor in particular. So I wanted to see what you guys thought on the one question I have on my mind: Do you think Michael should attend the Oscars? I ask this question based on a comment made by Michael Caine. In his elder years, he can afford to be frank and not give a damn.
The best thing about it is you don't have to go. Especially the Oscars, 24 hours on an aeroplane and I've got to sit there clapping Leonardo DiCaprio. I love Leonardo, he played my son in a movie, but I'm too old to travel that far and sit in an audience and clap for someone else. - Michael Caine, Us Weekly
See, when you get to a certain age, you can say whatever the heck you want and still have people respect your opinion. Although Mr. Caine was not nominated this year, he was speaking from the perspective of someone who was not nominated, and in this year, he seems relieved to not have to deal with the time wasting when the decision has already been made. Now the question is this, since Michael Fassbender has been nominated, does he have to attend? Keep in mind that he's less than half the age of Caine and some people would have the audacity to throw shade at Michael if he didn't stop filming, fly 9,000 miles, and dress up, just to sit and watch some other guy get his career Oscar, be part of a standing ovation (rub salt into the wound), attend after parties with people who didn't vote for him, and then fly back to his current film set in Norway. There's no rule in the Oscar nominee notebook that stipulates that nominees must attend. I would love to attend the Oscars one day, it's a glamorous event, but to be a nominee and know you gave the best performance and have to sit there...
So, what do you think?