Friday 30 September 2016

Michael Fassbender wins big at Palm Springs Film Festival after spending Christmas in Kerry

Published 04/01/2016 | 08:37

International Star Award recipient actor Michael Fassbender poses at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs
International Star Award recipient actor Michael Fassbender poses at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs
Actor Michael Fassbender accepts the International Star Award onstage at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for PSIFF)
Actor Michael Fassbender (L) accepts the International Star Award from actress Kate Winslet onstage at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PSIFF)
Actress Alicia Vikander (R) accepts the Rising Star Award from actress Amber Heard onstage at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PSIFF)
Actress Alicia Vikander accepts the Rising Star Award onstage at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PSIFF)
Actress Alicia Vikander attends the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actors Kate Winslet (L) and Michael Fassbender attend the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PSIFF)

It looks like some downtime in Kerry certainly suits Michael Fassbender.

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The Oscar-nominated actor (37) beamed as he accepted his International Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival last night, wearing a Thom Sweeney suit, where he looked chuffed to be joined by Jobs co-star Kate Winslet.

Winslet, who stars as Joanna Hoffman in the Steve Jobs biopic, gave her Irish co-star the prestigious award and taking a few weeks off work at home in Ireland seems to have given him a boost before awards season.

The German-born, Irish-raised actor spent the festive season at home in his native Fossa, Co Kerry, where his parents Adele and Josef still live. Before jetting back to LA in the run-up to awards season, he was also spotted out and and about in Dublin, where he kept a suitable low profile.

Actor Michael Fassbender accepts the International Star Award onstage at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for PSIFF)
Actor Michael Fassbender accepts the International Star Award onstage at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for PSIFF)

This year, he and girlfriend of one year Alicia Vikander, arguably Hollywood's fastest rising star, spent Christmas apart with The Danish Girl star spending it at home with her family in her native Sweden.

Both attended the film festival in LA, albeit walking the red carpet separately, where Vikander, wearing an embellished pink Erdem gown, also took home a statue - the Rising Star Award, which was presented by Amber Heard.

They are expected to walk their first red carpet together next week for the Golden Globes, where she has been nominated in two categories - Best Actress in a Lead Role, Drama for The Danish Girl and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama, for Ex Machina.

Meanwhile, Fassbender is also on his own his awards season campaign for Jobs, which was a commercial disaster, but critically praised. He has also been nominated for Best Actor in a Lead Role, Drama.

Actor Michael Fassbender (L) accepts the International Star Award from actress Kate Winslet onstage at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PSIFF)
Actor Michael Fassbender (L) accepts the International Star Award from actress Kate Winslet onstage at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PSIFF)
Actress Alicia Vikander (R) accepts the Rising Star Award from actress Amber Heard onstage at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PSIFF)
Actress Alicia Vikander (R) accepts the Rising Star Award from actress Amber Heard onstage at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PSIFF)
Actress Alicia Vikander attends the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Alicia Vikander attends the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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