Michael Fassbender Will Not Campaign for Oscar Nomination

Michael Fassbender Will Not Campaign for Oscar Nomination

“12 Years a Slave” star says he is busy filming another movie

Michael Fassbender is considered a lock for an Oscar nomination for his work as a sadistic plantation owner in “12 Years a Slave,” and that's a good thing, because the actor says that he will not be pressing the flesh this awards season.

“It's just a grind,” Fassbender tells GQ Magazine this month. “And I'm not a politician. I'm an actor.”

The extraordinarily prolific actor, who also has another movie coming out this fall with Ridley Scott's thriller “The Counselor,” says he will be in New Zealand shooting a film and won't be available to do the endless rounds of screenings and question and answer sessions that are part and parcel of gunning for a certain golden guy.

Plus, he's been in this position before. In 2011, Fassbender just missed out on a Best Actor nomination for his role as a sex addict in “Shame.”

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“I'll be on the other side of the world,” Fassbender said. “You know, I get it. Everybody's got to do their job. So you try and help and facilitate as best you can. But I won't put myself through that kind of situation again.”

Sometimes a performance alone is enough to snag the prize. In 2009, Monique made a point of not making the rounds to promote her work in “Precious” and still earned the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

She referenced that decision in her acceptance speech, saying “I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics.”

Next up for Fassbender is a return to the world of superheroes in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and a bit of the Bard in a big screen version of “Macbeth” opposite Marion Cotillard.

  • Alexa_girl

    Courageous, smart decision. Most people don't quite realize the intensity and complexity of the Oscars race. All the best to Michael.
    Is it too naive to hope this move in some way affects the way the Academy campaign trail works?

  • Daisy

    To those actors who do campaign endlessly just to win Oscars, I have one question – did you guys really decide to become actors ONLY to win Oscars, and nothing more?? If not, why should it matter to you so much if you don't win one?

    And it's not just Mo'Nique (btw, is her film career still alive after tHAT win???). Yes, she may be the most famous example. But, the fact remains that she had NO reason to campaign in the first place. She was the runaway winner that year by a long shot. And for those who don't know, even Christian Bale chose to keep off the campaign trail when he won the Oscar. And unlike Mo'Nique, Christian Bale actually had SOME kind of competition in his year of win.

    • mse63

      Whether they or you like it or not, for many actors an Oscar win or even nomination makes a difference. Especially if they're not as established. They will get sent more screenplays with bigger paychecks, it's essentially like a promotion.

      Not to mention that sometimes it's not even just the actors that are pushing a campaign. For the studios an Oscar win means much more exposure for their movies, so of course they're going to expect that their actors go for it. Weinstein for example is notorious for his campaigning shenanigans.

      Other then that, yes, when an actor is a clear frontrunner, like Mo'Nique was, then it's not gonna be a problem. The fact that she also made a point about not campaigning helped her even more, because she essentially challenged the Academy to dare to prove that politics matter more for them. But I think Fassbender won't go that far, he's just going to quietly stay out of it all, and we can only hope that it's not gonna matter in the end. Except unfortunately it probably will. Fassbender's chances are not as clear as Mo'Nique's were.

  • Gilda

    This man should get an Oscar for being so HOT!!!