December 8, 2015 at 5:15 pm #200262
Despite it already being about 4 years ago, Michael Fassbender missing out for Best Actor for Shame still stings. Fassbender gave a very three-dimensional portrait of a man coping with sex addiction that is interestingly unsexy. He speaks very few words yet his eyes and facial expressions speak volumes. Honestly, I thought he was not only better than the actual nominees that year, but every Best Actor winner this decade. Shameful snub!
Speaking of the category that year, it could use a little fixing:
Tom Cullen, Weekend
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Chris New, Weekend
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
What do you guys think? You agree that Fassbender got badly snubbed? Let’s discuss.December 8, 2015 at 6:39 pm #200264
Not only he should’ve been nominated, but also my winner too. Fassbender gave the best male performances of the year.December 8, 2015 at 9:48 pm #200265
He hasn’t done anything worthy in “Shame”. Yeah, not even the nude scenes were all that impressive.
I think he is also very dreadful in “12 Years a Slave”. One of the most overrated male actors in the recent memory. I really hope he’s good in “Steve Jobs” and “Macbeth”, though.December 8, 2015 at 9:51 pm #200266
Shame was an earnest effort. However, viewing the film was a fairly excruciating experience. I never intend to watch it a second time. I doubt few are.December 8, 2015 at 11:26 pm #200267
Even though it is hard to watch, it’s one of my favorite movies. Although, unpopular opinion, not Best Actor-nom worthy to me. I don’t know why but something was missing for me! I can’t put my finger on it. But there was a royal snubbing for Best Director I know that for sure.December 8, 2015 at 11:29 pm #200268
Sorry didn’t see what was so special about Shame or his performance.December 9, 2015 at 12:07 am #200269
I’m with Vince on this one. I did like the name of the thread though.December 9, 2015 at 12:35 am #200270
WIth Clooney and Dujardin, Fassbender gave one of that year best performance.
Much better than Pitt bland turn in Moneyball (he should have been nodded in supporting for The Tree Of Life).December 9, 2015 at 1:53 am #200271
He was good but I don’t get a fuss about his nude scenes. You guys know he had semi the whole time? It was so transparent. lolDecember 9, 2015 at 2:03 am #200272
I think it’s a good performance that I might have nominated myself, but he’s been better and there were more egregious snubs even just that year — Michael Shannon in Take Shelter, Peyman Moaadi in a Separation, Tom Cullen and Chris New in Weekend, etc. Let alone outside that category (Tilda, anyone?).
What doomed his Oscar campaign was the phallic fascination with his performance. I’m sure it was less dick-envy from the male voters of the Academy than simply being unimpressed that the driving narrative behind his work seemed to revolve around his cock, much to Fassbender’s valid annoyance. That pushed him to the edge of the conversation in that category at which point the BAFTA voters felt more compelled to recognize the famously unnominated veteran Gary Oldman.December 9, 2015 at 5:04 am #200273
Excellent performance which I’d nominate in a heart beat, but for me he just misses out on being the best of the year. I think Gary Oldman was even finer, with a chilling presence and immaculate vocal delivery. Also, I expect the gods of GoldDerby will rain down on me for saying this, but I think Jean Dujardin thoroughly deserved his Oscar.
To be honest, I’m kicking myself for being so worked up about the Fassbender snub back then, as it should’ve been obvious it wasn’t gonna happen. If I’d known more about the Academy, I’d have realised how many voters would turn off their screener after five minutes when he takes a butt-naked wazz. Anyway I’m starting to think I might prefer him in Hunger, which is a better film overall.December 10, 2015 at 7:56 pm #200274
Well, I’m no true ‘fan’ of Mulligan, but this for me is her very best perf (so far). She outshone Fassbender imo.
His performance and character made me laugh. Plus, sexual addiction my ass.
However, he can take his clothes off again if he wishes.December 11, 2015 at 5:48 am #200275
Plus, sexual addiction my ass.
Are you suggesting it doesn’t exist? If so, I’d suggest only those who’ve experienced sexual addiction can have a valid opinion on it. Whether or not it’s comparable to alcohol or drug addictions in a scientific sense, it’s still a serious issue.
Actually the term “sex addiction” isn’t used at all in the film. It merely depicts entirely plausible sexually compulsive behaviour.December 11, 2015 at 10:50 am #200276
Fassbender’s snub is particularly egregious considering who the winner was that year, whcih still ranks as one of the most abysmal wins in that category…EVER!