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Saturday 20 September 2014

Michael Fassbender debuts new romance as he's expected to get Oscar nod today

Published 16/01/2014 | 09:19

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VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01:  Madalina Ghenea attends the Premio Kineo Red Carpet during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on September 1, 2013 in Venice, Italy.  (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)
Madalina Ghenea
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12:  Michael Fassbender arrives for Fox And FX's 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party - Arrivals on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
Michael Fassbender
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  Madalina Ghenea and Gerard Butler attend at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Madalina with ex-boyfriend Gerard Butler

It's a good day to be Michael Fassbender.

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The Irish actor (36) is currently in Italy with his reported new love interest, actress Madalina Ghenea (25) and is also expecting to receive a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination this afternoon.

Ghenea previously dated Scottish actor Gerard Butler, but she was spotted holding hands with Fassbender in Italy and looking very much the couple.

The pair are believed to have originally met in September when both of their films, 12 Years a Slave and Don Hemingway, respectively premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

The Killarney native, who has solidified his place on Hollywood's A-list with his latest score of award nominations as a brutal slave owner, has remained single since splitting with his Shame co-star Nicole Beharie last year.

Meanwhile, he is expected to get a nod for a golden statue when this year's Academy Awards nominations are announced at 1:38pm.

Despite the fact that he lost out to Jared Leto at the Golden Globes, he's been generating buzz since his latest collaboration with Steve McQueen premiered last year.

But he certainly won't be campaigning for a gold statue after he was snubbed for his role as a sex addict in Shame.

"You know, I get it. Everybody's got to do their job. So you try and help and facilitate as best you can. But I won't put myself through that kind of situation again," he told GQ in October.

"It's just a grind. And I'm not a politician. I'm an actor."

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