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Fassbender 'was robbed' of Golden Globe, says director as he predicts Oscar nod for star

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 SMILES: Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch at the Golden Globes

SMILES: Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch at the Golden Globes

SMILES: Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch at the Golden Globes

LENNY Abrahamson believes Irish acting star Michael Fassbender was "robbed" of a Golden Globe.

The renowned director of What Richard Did admitted that he hasn't seen either 12 Years a Slave or Dallas Buyers Club, but he still jumped to Fassbender's defence.

The loyal director claims the Kerry native should have nabbed the Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe statuette.

"I haven't seen 12 Years A Slave or Jared Leto's performance, but my suspicion is that Michael was robbed," he tells the Herald.

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"I know what a phenomenal actor he is and I've heard from people I trust that his performance is amazing.

"I saw a little bit of Jared Leto's performance and I think he's great, but it's not my thing.

"I hope Michael gets an Oscar nomination, the names are out this week. I think he will get an Oscar, if not for this role, for something else."

Fassbender and Abrahamson worked together on upcoming comedy film Frank. The movie centres on a young wannabe musician who becomes tangled up with Frank – a musical genius who hides behind a prosthetic head.

Frank will premiere at the 2014 indie film festival Sundance this Friday evening. "I'm really excited about it," Abrahamson said.

"I fly out on Thursday to get my face done and pick out my heels and everything like that," he joked.

"Actually that's one of the good thing; it's so cold in Utah right now that they can't do a fancy red carpet which has never really been my forte."

Abrahamson says while showcasing the film at the internationally renowned festival has bolstered his confidence he's cautious not to get overly excited about screening.

"The placement in Sundance is a vote of confidence, but to be honest it doesn't mean anything until the audience see it and I hear what they think. But going to Sundance brings an audience to the film so that's only a positive," he says.

John Michael McDonagh's black comedy Calvary will also premiere at the film festival.

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