Michael Fassbender Refuses To Campaign For Oscar

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October 16, 2013 | 3:55am EST

Michael Fassbender will not be pushing for an Academy Award nomination for his acclaimed role in 12 Years A Slave, insisting he is not a politician who can campaign for the accolade.
The Prometheus actor is considered one of the frontrunners for the Best Supporting Actor category at next year’s Oscars, thanks to his unforgettable role as a sadistic plantation owner in 12 Years a Slave.
But Fassbender won’t be following the norm of endless screenings and interviews actors vying for the statue usually go through, because he will be filming a movie miles away from the U.S.
He tells GQ magazine, “I’m not a politician. I’m an actor. It’s just a grind… I’ll be in New Zealand. I’ll be on the other side of the world. 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.”
In 2011, Fassbender received similar praise for his attention-grabbing role in Shame, but did not earn recognition from Academy bosses after campaigning for their consideration.