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October 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Michael Fassbender, who has been frequently mentioned as a probable Oscar nominee for his performance in the upcoming 12 Years a Slave, says he will not campaign for the award. Recalling the failed effort to secure an Oscar nomination for his work in Shame two years ago, Fassbender told GQ Magazine: “You know, I get it,” he said. “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. It’s just a grind. And I’m not a politician. I’m an actor.” Refusing to campaign for the nomination doesn’t necessarily put him out of contention for it. Joaquin Phoenix also refused to participate in an award campaign for The Master last year but still landed a nomination (his third) for his role in the movie anyway.