The following FYC ads are designed by Hupsakeek and Simone in a show of support for Michael Fassbender in his quest for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award which will be handed out on Sunday, March 2. The sole intent of FYC ads is pure marketing to highlight focus on a film or a performance in a film, and target the ads to the award voting audience. Unfortunately, some studios may not have the budget to create FYC ads and then pay for ad space in Hollywood trade publications, or on popular websites. For FoxSearchlight, since I have not seen one FYC ad for Michael, I felt if just for fun and a creative exercise, Fassinating Fassbender would create our own. We're very proud of Michael Fassbender's performance in 12 Years a Slave, and we think those who vote in the BAFTAs and Oscars, should know this.
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This image was selected because it is a close-up shot of Edwin's face showing his pain, conflicts, fears, and ignorance. Michael Fassbender said that Edwin Epps is not evil, he's a human being who is a victim of the slavery system himself.
Edwin finds justification of his actions from the bible, its "scripture" dictates his actions, behaviors, and violence. New slaves on his land are informed immediately that if they do not produce their cotton quota or misbehave in the slightest, God told him that has his property, he can do with them as he pleases. And he does with great brutality.
Through the talents of Michael Fassbender, he brought to life a scary and horrible man. At some moments he was a handsome man who appeared rational and sober, but underneath was a tragic man who was the complete opposite. Living in a loveless home, surrounded by people he considered less than human, and conflicted, confused, and guilty about his feelings for one slave in particular. There are multiple layers to Epps and Michael did a phenomenal job in expressing the human side of this pitiful monster.
The last three just above features Lupita Nyong'o as Patsy, the focus of Edwin's animalistic lust. How he preys upon her almost overshadows Solomon's plight as the protagonist of 12YAS. As an actor, Michael had to get inside the head of a man who was a character in a man's memoirs of his captivity. Michael had no other records to go by to frame and animate Epps. But what Michael does do with this character was bring to life someone that caused audience members to cry, fear, hate, loathe, and also pity. Not many actors can do that.