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

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

It's a good day to be Michael Fassbender.

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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