Steve McQueen talks Shame Oscar snub

Says Americans are "too scared of sex"

Shamewill be one of the most high-profile absentees as next weekend’s Oscar ceremony, having initially been touted for a host of nominations in high-profile categories. Director Steve McQueen has spoken out about the decision, and says it’s down to America’s awkwardness around the subject of sex.

“In America they're too scared of sex,” says McQueen. "That's why [Michael Fassbender] wasn't nominated. If you look at the best actor list you're saying, 'Michael Fassbender is not on that list?’”

It certainly strikes us as a bizarre omission, but McQueen suggests he’s perfectly happy to let the Academy get on with it. “It's kind of crazy, but that's how it is,” he says. “It's an American award, let them have it.”

As for Fassbender, McQueen has nothing but praise for the Irish star. “He's a once in a generation actor,” he says. “He's an actor who can transform and transcend, and you actually believe him. That's the kind of guy he is.”

When asked to whether they will be collaborating again in the future, McQueen sounded equally positive.

“It's all about the script,” he explains. “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.”

Should Shame have received more love from the Academy? Share your views, below.

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    • Nirvandy

      Feb 20th 2012, 14:38

      I'm sure had I seen Shame I would be able to offer many choice words about the Academy's decision to not include Fassbender, but unfortunately nowhere near me showed it. I am more angry at the fact that a film as critically acclaimed as this could be released in a manner that so few people get to see it. I am however eagerly awaiting the DVD release.

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    • FBCThompso94

      Feb 20th 2012, 15:50

      Fassbender is German, not Irish

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 20th 2012, 16:26

      It's ridiculous how Fassenbender is being snubbed, his performance is outstanding.

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 20th 2012, 16:26

      Sorry Fassbender.

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    • joker16

      Feb 20th 2012, 16:32

      @FBC His mother is German and his father is Irish.

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    • FBKNelson

      Feb 20th 2012, 18:52

      Yes, America is scared of sex (funny since we have such a high rate of teen pregnancy) but also the director being Black made it also easier to snub the film. Yes, I pulled the race card but it's the truth. Plus Fassbender's love interest in the film was a Black woman. This is some b******t yet the Oscars award Monster's Ball for Halle's raging sex scene? This is bias and politics play a role in this. The Oscars are junk, which is the reason why I no longer watch it.

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    • GFoley83

      Feb 20th 2012, 21:04

      @FBCThompso94: Irish father + raised in Ireland = Irish.

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 21st 2012, 18:12

      I highly doubt Steve McQueen's ethnicity had anything to do with this.

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