Friday, February 5, 2016

TGIF 2.5.16


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?





8 comments:

Stephanie Czekalski said...

He will maybe attend the Oscars to support Steve Jobs team.

Secretly, I keep my fingers crossed for Michael and for Kate ;)

Simone said...
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Simone said...

I strongly believe Michael will attend, not only because he's professional, but if he doesn't, that's all people will talk about (even the haters) and it will be used against him in future nominations/wins. Leonardo didn't attend the Oscars back in 1998 because he was not nominated for Titanic, even though he should have been, if just for the damn nomination. The film received 11 nominations - everything and everyone was nominated, EXCEPT, Leonardo, and because of that, he didn't attend the ceremony. And AMPAS held that against him for all this time. They nominated him four previous times, and he should have won in 2014.

Forward to 2016, Leo's now 41, and after a high profile visit with the Pope, the man will finally get that damn piece of metal. AMPAS hold grudges like a mofo, especially against handsome, talented, white guys under 40 (which is Michael's "problem" this round). These actors most often have to "prove" themselves countless times whereas a female contemporary could do half the work as long as she's under 30 and gorgeous.

I don't want to see Michael's opportunity to receive an Oscar to be dragged out over the next 20 years. So he'll do the right then, grin and bear it (no pun intended), and get the hell out of town immediately afterwards. Short of being in the emergency room, he has to be there or he'll be screwed for a long time.

That's Hollywood kids.

Aurore La said...

You say it all for the Oscars ! I'm quite intrigue by the BAFTA results, you don't speak about it, but I think first there are good chances that first, Michael comes in London as it is very close from Norway and second he wins, Bristish are very supportive to their actors (Yes i know is Irish) and is not uncommune that they make won an actor which is not favorite at the Oscars.

Simone said...

@AuroreLa, Hi, I am holding a faint glimmer of hope that BAFTA does the right thing and honor Michael Fassbender. They have dropped the ball on him big time several times early, especially with Hunger and Shame... especially Hunger where they did not recognize him, and he lost out on that cheesy New Star award in 2008/09. BAFTA is so eager to mimic the Oscars, that that is where I fear they too want to be part of the whole charade and honor the current flavor of the season. Because Michael is one of their own, maybe he will win the BAFTA outright and because he's the best. Logistically, I'm sure he'll attend the BAFTAs, but the outcome appears to be the status quo.

Amy said...

Personally I would say no as I think the Oscars are a farce and represent all that is wrong with Hollywood. Not just because of what is happening this year but I have always felt that way. If I were an actor I would want the work to speak for itself and just plough on. I think he's too polite not to turn up but I would love to see him do it! I recognise for those in the industry it means a lot in terms of networking and future jobs but I think the Oscars need to change completely or go the way of the dinosaur.

Amy said...

Personally I would say no as I think the Oscars are a farce and represent all that is wrong with Hollywood. Not just because of what is happening this year but I have always felt that way. If I were an actor I would want the work to speak for itself and just plough on. I think he's too polite not to turn up but I would love to see him do it! I recognise for those in the industry it means a lot in terms of networking and future jobs but I think the Oscars need to change completely or go the way of the dinosaur.

Bubai said...

I need to ask fellow Fassynators a question. What do we think of Kate Winslet openly supporting Leo over Fassy? While I understand where she is coming from. - she let Leo drown in Titanic instead of letting him share that bit of door with her in the icy cold ocean - do we think she should be supporting Leo so openly? I mean, Fassy himself is probably Camp Vikander, but is not so in your face about it, out of respect for Kate's performance in Steve Jobs. And speaking of Vikander - I would hope she is in Camp Fassy, but, likewise, not so gushing about it, out of likely respect for costar and nominee Redmayne. I must say I found Winslet's interviews supporting Leo disappointing - it is one of those things you may think, but should not articulate? I find myself rooting for Vikander over Winslet now............after all these "amazing Leo" interviews by Kate.