While dropping trou in "Shame" got Michael Fassbender a few infamous mentions (George Clooney comparing the actor's penis to a golf club, for instance), it might have been a bit too scandalous for the Academy's taste.
Fassbender and "Shame" did not light up 2012's nominations, contrary to the critical acclaim the film received. The reason for this, according to "Shame" director Steve McQueen, was as plain as day: the Fassboner.
"In America they're too scared of sex, that's why he wasn't nominated. If you look at the best actor list you're saying, 'Michael Fassbender is not on that list?' It's kind of crazy. But that's how it is, it's an American award, let them have it."
The great Fassbender snub has not tarnished the director's view of his muse -- they have worked on two previous films together, with a third on the way -- but McQueen just wants you to know he's not like, married to the guy or anything.
"It's all about the script, if Michael's the right person for the character and if he likes the script. What I like about our relationship is it's not tied, it's not a marriage, it's friendship and it's done out of respect of each other's talents and each other's love of film."