Michael Fassbender in 'Shame'

Though his performance as a sex addict in the NC-17 rated <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="GENRE000062" title="Drama (genre)" href="/topic/arts-culture/genres/drama-%28genre%29-GENRE000062.topic">drama</a> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011723" title="Shame (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/shame-%28movie%29-ENMV0011723.topic">"Shame"</a> earned him Critics Choice and British Independent Film Award nominations, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0000008100" title="Michael Fassbender" href="/topic/entertainment/michael-fassbender-PECLB0000008100.topic">Michael Fassbender</a> got the cold shoulder from the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCIG0000041" title="Screen Actors Guild" href="/topic/entertainment/screen-actors-guild-ORCIG0000041.topic">Screen Actors Guild</a>. But the film both sparkled and sparked controversy on the festival circuit, so the SAG snub doesn't necessarily spell defeat for Fassbender in other awards.

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Though his performance as a sex addict in the NC-17 rated drama "Shame" earned him Critics Choice and British Independent Film Award nominations, Michael Fassbender got the cold shoulder from the Screen Actors Guild. But the film both sparkled and sparked controversy on the festival circuit, so the SAG snub doesn't necessarily spell defeat for Fassbender in other awards.

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