Sorkin snubbed as Steve Jobs lands two Oscar nods

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Kate Winslet, middle, praises the portrayal of Steve Jobs by Michael Fassbender (right).
Kate Winslet, middle, and Michael Fassbender, right, received Oscar nominations for Steve Jobs.
Photo: Universal Pictures

Steve Jobs flopped at the box office and with Silicon Valley, but with two Oscar nominations the film continues a kind of redemption tour through the awards season.

Jobs actor Michael Fassbender was nominated for best actor and co-star Kate Winslet, who already won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of former Apple marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, received a supporting actress nomination.

Screenplay writer Aaron Sorkin, a Golden Globe winner earlier this week, was left off the list of Academy Award nominees.

The Steve Jobs biopic, which attempts to distill the essence of the mercurial founder and genius innovator behind Apple, was trashed by some critics, friends of Jobs, and tech journalists who dismissed it as fiction. Film critic Rex Reed called it the year’s worst film.

“It’s a fun Aaron Sorkin movie — if you pretend it’s about a fictitious guy called ‘Steve Jobs,’” Cult of Mac’s Luke Dormehl wrote last month. “Try and reconcile it with the real guy it’s based on and it’ll leave your disappointed — or worse.”

Sorkin and director Danny Boyle, who went on the defensive following waves of criticism, likely feel somewhat soothed by how the movie has performed in front of awards judges.

The Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The awards ceremony, which will air live in the U.S. on ABC, takes place Feb. 28.

The film previously picked up four Golden Globe nominations. (Casting Winslet in any movie seemingly guarantees accolades during awards season.)

Fassbender, winner of an International Star prize at the recent Palm Springs International Film Festival, lost the Golden Globe to Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant.

Steve Jobs has earned three nominations for the BAFTA, the United Kingdom’s most respected film award.

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  • bdkennedy11

    “Try and reconcile it with the real guy it’s based on and it’ll leave your disappointed – or worse.”

    Hence the box office bomb. Why waste your time? Who’s going to watch a movie about Steve Jobs when it’s not about Steve Jobs?

  • Ch3sko

    This movie has a lot of problems… When it ended the first thing that came into my head was “Oh my god… The Kutcher movie was better than this”
    Sorkin could have avoided much of the criticism by naming the movie Lisa instead of Steve Jobs

  • PeterBlood

    I was kind for an ultimately uplifting Steve Jobs movie once we got past known warts, not one filled with the kind of erroneous writer-convenient “facts” only Apple Haters love to fallaciously & speciously believe. It did far more undeserved damage than good to it’s subject matter and the tech industry in general.