Steve Jobs ‘flop’ bags two Golden Globe awards

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Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs.
Cheer up, Steve. You won!
Photo: Universal Pictures

Steve Jobs picked up Golden Globes for “Best Screenplay” and “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role,” but lost out on the “Best Actor” and “Best Original Score” prizes at last night’s star-studded Hollywood event.

“I’m usually better at words,” said screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, claiming his award. “You can perform surgery on me. I’m so stunned by what’s happened.”

Sorkin also addressed the movie’s box office failure, which saw it perform about the same as the (lower-budgeted) 2013 Ashton Kutcher flop, Jobs.

“The title of the movie changed to ‘Box Office Failure Steve Jobs’ after its third week,” Sorkin said. “It took some of the air out of the pride that we were feeling [at the time]. We didn’t want that to be the epithet of the movie. [Winning the Golden Globe] is just very, very nice.”

Kate Winslet was the recipient of the Best Performance of an Actress in a Supporting Role prize, for her performance as Mac PR guru Joanna Hoffman.

In the movie’s other nominated categories, Michael Fassbender lost best actor in a drama to The Revenant’s Leonardo DiCaprio, while best score went to Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight instead of Steve Jobs’ Daniel Pemberton.

Considering its disastrous box office performance, Steve Jobs is doing reasonably well this award season. Recently it racked up three BAFTA nominations, the U.K.’s most respected film prize. Jobs actor Michael Fassbender also won the International Star prize at the recent Palm Springs International Film Festival, presented by his co-star Winslet.

The movie has, however, received negative backlash from Silicon Valley denizens and select movie critics. Veteran reviewer Rex Reed called Steve Jobs his pick for worst film of 2015.