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  • Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Personally, I felt that Michael Fassbender’s performance in Twelve Years a Slave was stronger than Jared Leto’s performance in Dallas Buyers’ Club, and I had a feeling he was the frontrunner before the glut of the circuit’s awards came about. But as the various awards came and went, a lot of them gave Leto the award because Fassbender notoriously decided not to campaign his performance in Twelve Years, a move that doesn’t really add to wins (except for Mo’Nique in Precious, of course). I can’t help but think that had Fassbender campaigned, would he have a lot of wins under his belt and would he be the frontrunner right now?

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    Actriz
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    You don’t campaign for untelevised critics awards. Campaign strategists know that critics awards are less important than televised awards. The critics pick on their own.

    Leto was the frontrunner the second Dallas Buyers Club hit theaters, and he happens to be a great campaigner.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    As much as I like Fassbender (which is a lot), and admire the performance he gave, I don’t think he would have won either way. I still would rank him higher than Leto, even though I think Leto is more than deserving himself. The transformative aspect of his performance is important, and I still think Fassbender was completely snubbed for his performance in Hunger. This should be his third nomination, not his first.

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    Eddy Q
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    If it weren’t for Leto, I think Fassbender would’ve been the frontrunner whether he campaigned or not. Leto is sweeping because of the transformative nature of his performance. Perhaps due to the repugnance of Fassbender’s character in 12 Yrs, he’d have only won without an obvious alternative, which has been provided by Leto.

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    Eddy Q
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    As much as I like Fassbender (which is a lot), and admire the performance he gave, I don’t think he would have won either way. I still would rank him higher than Leto, even though I think Leto is more than deserving himself. The transformative aspect of his performance is important, and I still think Fassbender was completely snubbed for his performance in Hunger. This should be his third nomination, not his first.

    ^^This.

    I’m not sure if anyone will agree, but I also think Jonah Hill would be equally worthy as Leto. A brilliant knack for improv and physical comedy.

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    Denis
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    Didn’t like his performance at all, should not even been nominated, Gylenhaal, Gosling, Renner or Gandolfini should’ve taken his spot.

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    Scottferguson
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    No.

    If Leto weren’t the top contender, Abdi would have been the go-to choice.

    I suspect Fassbender is never going to win an Oscar. Too polarizing, too bombastic, totally lacking in subtlety. He’ll win a Tony first.   

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    Tye-Grr
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    [quote=”Tischeo”]As much as I like Fassbender (which is a lot), and admire the performance he gave, I don’t think he would have won either way. I still would rank him higher than Leto, even though I think Leto is more than deserving himself. The transformative aspect of his performance is important, and I still think Fassbender was completely snubbed for his performance in Hunger. This should be his third nomination, not his first.

    ^^This.

    I’m not sure if anyone will agree, but I also think Jonah Hill would be equally worthy as Leto. A brilliant knack for improv and physical comedy.

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    I agree with you on Hill, whom I prefer to both Leto and especially Fassbender.  

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    Pavel Romanov
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    Steve McQueen has been doing Fassbender’s campaigning for him. He is constantly talking about how Fassbender is the greatest actor alive yadda, yadda, yadda. 

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    Denis
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    [quote=”Wilkomirsk11″]

    [quote=”Tischeo”]As much as I like Fassbender (which is a lot), and admire the performance he gave, I don’t think he would have won either way. I still would rank him higher than Leto, even though I think Leto is more than deserving himself. The transformative aspect of his performance is important, and I still think Fassbender was completely snubbed for his performance in Hunger. This should be his third nomination, not his first.

    ^^This.

    I’m not sure if anyone will agree, but I also think Jonah Hill would be equally worthy as Leto. A brilliant knack for improv and physical comedy.

    [/quote]

    I agree with you on Hill, whom I prefer to both Leto and especially Fassbender.  [/quote]

    His parking lot scene alone with Jon Bernthal justifies his nomination alone.

     

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    Candy
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    IMO, Fassbender should not have been nominated. He’s the weakest of the three acting nominees for 12 yrs.

    I also think Jonah Hill is far more deserving of the Oscar then Fassbender.

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    Eddy Q
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    No.

    If Leto weren’t the top contender, Abdi would have been the go-to choice.

    I suspect Fassbender is never going to win an Oscar. Too polarizing, too bombastic, totally lacking in subtlety. He’ll win a Tony first.   

    I’m skeptical about Abdi being runner-up seeing as Captain Phillips underperformed in nominations with Tom Hanks missing out, although I guess it has picked up momentum with WGA and ACE wins. 

    Side note, since when did being bombastic stop anyone for winning Oscars? Not that I agree with your assessment of Fassbender.

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    I think Fassbender was pretty forgettable in 12 Years a Slave and there is no way he’s better than Barkhad Abdi and Jared Leto.

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    Humorless bombastism (is that a word?) is different from the kind of bombastic performances that get attention. He’s too one note in his acting I feel.

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    Michael Fassbender was my top choice for best supporting actor for 2013 but I still do not think he would be doing any better in the Oscar race if he had campaigned more. Jared Leto got a big head start because he won major prizes at the top critics’ awards. I expected Fassbender would win something from the top four awards but that did not happen. After the critics’ prizes Leto had a big headstart and then the just continued to steamroll his way through the industry awards.

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