05/15/2012 11:02 am ET Updated May 15, 2012

Michael Fassbender: Oscar Snub Was 'Good Little Lesson'

You weren't the only person surprised that Michael Fassbender didn't receive an Oscar nomination for his role in "Shame." Fassbender was shocked too!

Speaking about the Academy diss to GQ, the ubiquitous actor -- who next stars in "Prometheus" -- revealed the Best Actor slight was a "good little lesson." Not that he was pleased with how it all went down.

“At the beginning people [say], 'You’re going to be going to the Oscars,' and you’re like, 'Whatever, doesn't matter, don't think so.' But after a while it does penetrate. After a while you're like, 'Anyway, so I'm going to the Oscars...'" Fassbender told GQ writer Chris Heath. “And you start to believe it. And I did. I thought I was going. And then I found out I wasn't and I was upset. I was very upset by it. The first reaction was 'What the fuck…?'”

Despite receiving numerous accolades for his striking performance as a sex addict in "Shame," Fassbender failed to make the Best Actor cut; George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Demian Bechir and eventual winner Jean Dujardin were all nominated ahead of him.

“It's a vanity thing. It does become important to you. And it shouldn't," he said.

For more on Fassbender, including his feelings about his now-infamous "Shame" nude scenes and his love life, head over to GQ.com.

[via GQ.com]


Oscar Nominations 2012: Snubs And Surprises