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Fassbender's new supporting role with model girlfriend as he gets Oscar nod

He may have got a nod from the academy, but glossy awards ceremonies looked far from Michael Fassbender's mind as he darted through Milan with model and actress Madalina Ghenea.

The pair wrapped up in warm woolly scarves as they dashed around the city's cobbled streets yesterday.

They are believed to have met at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival in September, where he promoted 12 Years a Slave and she premiered her movie Dom Hemingway.

Apparently, they've been dating since.

Karry native Michael was keen to keep the relationship under wraps and brought his older sister Catherine to the Golden Globes last weekend.


But if things go well for the couple, Michael could be walking down the red carpet with Madalina on his arm come March 2.

The 25-year-old clearly has a thing for Hollywood hunks; she's previously dated Leonardo DiCaprio and Gerard Butler.

Fassbender received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category for his performance in Steve McQueen's epic film 12 Years A Slave.

The Kerryman faces competition from Golden Globe winner Jared Leto and Jonah Hill for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street.

It was a beautiful day for Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam who received their second Oscar nomination for Ordinary Love, from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

The band were previously nominated in 2003 for The Hands That Built America which featured in Martin Scorsese's gangster epic Gangs of New York.

But back to the latest Oscar nominations; Stephen Frears' Philomena got nominations for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Music and – for Judi Dench – Best Actress. The film will go up against American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity and Dallas Buyers Club.

Philomena screenwriter Steve Coogan said he was "a bit dumbstruck" that the film has got four nominations for the Oscars.

The real Philomena Lee (80), on whose life the acclaimed Oscar-nominated film was based, attended Sunday night's Golden Globes ceremony, along with funnyman Coogan, and is said to be enjoying the awards season in Los Angeles.

It is believe she will walk the red carpet at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony on March 2.

Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio have been nominated in the Best Actor category alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Matthew McConaughey, while Judi Dench, Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep will do battle for the coveted Best Actress gong.