Lost in all the hysterics over Albert Brooks's unbelievable snub by the Academy Awards on Tuesday morning was the fact that Michael Fassbender got dinged too! After all, the breakout leading man -- who appeared in four movies in 2011, including "X-Men: First Class," "Jane Eyre" and "A Dangerous Method" -- was expected to earn Oscar plaudits for his bracing work in "Shame," the sex addiction drama from Steve McQueen. Why was Fassbender left off the list, despite a performance that was well-loved by everyone and featured the type of risks (full-frontal nudity) that usually point to Oscar gold? Well, he might have been a victim of his own endowment.
"He's a guy who's unfamiliar to a lot of people and did a movie that's really intimate," an unnamed Academy member told the Los Angeles Times gossip blog, The Ministry. "That was a super-brave performance but ... perhaps it inspired people to fantasize, and not actually vote."
To that end, it seems that all the attention recently focused on Fassbender's Fassmember was a detriment to his campaign.
"Really Michael, honestly, you can play golf like this with your hands behind your back," George Clooney joked about the star's anatomy during his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes earlier this month. Probably not true, George! But it's a trick Fassbender can try to perfect while you're winning Best Actor during the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 26.
[via LAT/Ministry of Gossip]
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