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Trailer Watch: Shame, the UK Version, Latest Searchlight Oscar Contender

by Anne Thompson
October 14, 2011 6:24 AM
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Fox Searchlight bravely took on the release of Telluride and Toronto Fest sex-addict shocker Shame (December 2), which reunites Brit director Steve McQueen with his Hunger star Michael Fassbender. Hunger was not an easy shoot, nor was Shame, and McQueen may well have directed Fassbender to his first Oscar nomination. And that's in a film likely to be rated NC-17. With Fassbender's overall heat--with four well-reviewed films to his credit this year, from X-Men: First Class and Jane Eyre to the upcoming A Dangerous Method directed by David Cronenberg--contributing momentum for award season consideration, it will be up to Searchlight to present the film just right for Academy voters, many of whom may find the elegant art film's full-frontal content too provocative. Remember, Searchlight turned intense performances by Mickey Rourke and Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky's gritty dramas The Wrestler and Black Swan into Academy contenders--and Portman won. Co-star Carey Mulligan is less likely to register with the actors' branch.

Shame is trending at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes so far; here's our Venice review. Check out the UK trailer below.


  • F.P. | October 18, 2011 7:19 AMReply

    The trailer makes the film look as bombastic as the lesser reviews of the film make it out to be. With all the hoopla surround the two leads' performances, here's hoping that the film doesn't suffer from the same heavy-handed music and need to be 'important' as it appears to be in the trailer.

  • jingmei | October 15, 2011 3:47 AMReply

    This just looks like a touchable piece, definitely worthy of checking out.

  • Shame | October 14, 2011 7:45 AMReply

    Fassbender's performance in Shame is what fine acting is all about if the academy passes him over they might as well label themselves the irrelevant awards ceremony.

  • mary | October 14, 2011 6:50 AMReply

    I think Scott Feinberg made a good point: Academy's acting branch has been known to reward risky and risque performances.

    If stars like Michelle Williams, Kate Winslet, Viggo Mortensen, Halle Berry, Kevin Spacey and even Marlon Brando could get Oscar nominations for their risky and risque performances, maybe Michael Fassbender has his chance.

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