Kate Winslet took home her third BAFTA award on Sunday for her role in Steve Jobs, and in her acceptance speech, she repeatedly praised her fellow nominees, saying, “It’s been an extraordinary year for women.”
Michael Fassbender wasn’t himself when he found out he was nominated for Best Actor on Thursday morning.
The actor told EW he learned about his Oscar nomination while in the makeup chair for Assassin’s Creed (due out Dec. 21). In the video game adaptation, Fassbender plays two characters, Callum Lynch and the character’s ancestor Aguilar, and when he heard about the Best Actor nom, he was in the middle of changing from one to the other.
Aaron Sorkin did it again. The revered screenwriter won his second Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay, adding a statue for his work on Steve Jobs to go along with his previous win for The Social Network, which told the tale of another Silicon Valley billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg.
The Writers Guild of America announced its 2016 screenplay nominations, honoring a mix of the season’s biggest comedies and dramas, including Trainwreck, The Martian, and Straight Outta Compton.
The WGA nominates screenplays in three categories: Original, Adapted, and Documentary. In the last 10 years, seven WGA Original Screenplay winners went on to win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar and eight WGA Adapted Screenplay winners won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Kate Winslet may have used a selfie to help get her role in Steve Jobs.
In a new interview, the Oscar winner said she sent a photo to Steve Jobs producer Scott Rudin to convince him she could change her look to fit the role of Joanna Hoffman, Apple’s marketing executive, in the Danny Boyle-directed film.
Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs seemed poised for success, coming off strong reviews and a limited theatrical release that delivered the best per-theater average of the year at the time. But when the film went into wide release last month, it opened in seventh place at the box office and has since had its theater count quickly reduced. So, what happened? Boyle has some guesses as to why the film didn’t work on a bigger scale.
Casting the title role in Steve Jobs was no easy task — in part because the late Apple co-founder still looms large in the popular consciousness, and in part because of how thoroughly the character dominates the film.
Steve Jobs co-founded Pixar, the gigantic animation studio that created Toy Story. But there’s a link between the unrelenting innovator and good-natured cowboy Woody that never hit the screen.
Think different. That was the slogan for one of Apple’s most successful ad campaigns. And it’s one that Aaron Sorkin apparently took to heart when he sat down to adapt Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of Steve Jobs.
Michael Fassbender would be the first person to tell you he doesn’t really look like Steve Jobs. He told Danny Boyle as much when the director approached him to play the charismatic Apple co-founder in Steve Jobs.
“The first thing I said to Danny when I met him was like, ‘Well you know, I don’t look anything like this guy,’” Fassbender recalled in an interview with EW at the recent New York Film Festival. “And Danny was like, ‘Well, that’s not what I’m interested in. I’m interested in capturing an essence of the man.”
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