OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, a technology innovator whose personal relationships are marred by discord while his career is filled with both groundbreaking achievements and shattering losses.
Even though Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs” was not a commercial success, Michael Fassbender’s performance still stood out as one of the best of the year. Playing the title character, Fassbender plays the unlikable incarnation of the computer mogul, who always seemed to be one step ahead of his competitors, despite several failures. The way Fassbender plays on those around him and brings to life Aaron Sorkin’s long winded screenplay shows his capacity as an actor, elevating all those around him, including Jeff Daniels, Seth Rogen, and Kate Winslet. Fassbender is no stranger to the Academy Awards, and never will be, as he is undoubtedly a powerhouse of an actor.
Who’s his competition? Had “Steve Jobs” done better at the box office, I wonder if Fassbender would have been a bigger contender here. Because when the film first came out, his was the first role that finally felt Oscar worthy and that continued to hold true through the entire season, even when pundits were completely counting him out. However, the fact of the matter is, this is Leonardo DiCaprio’s to lose and it does not look like anyone can unseat him at this point. So as much as I’d like to see Fassbender awarded for his continuously good work, I would not take the Oscar away from DiCaprio to do so.
Previous nominations? This is the second Academy Award nomination for Michael Fassbender. He was previously nominated for:
- 12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013)
Nominee, Actor in a Supporting Role
// Produced by Danny Boyle, Guymon Casady, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon, and Scott Rudin // Directed by Danny Boyle //
// Dated Viewed: Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 // BLU-RAY // 9 films – 13 days //