Fassbender wins!

Michael Fassbender.
Michael Fassbender.

Mary Murphy

AFTER missing out at the this year's Oscar for his stunning performance in '12 Years A Slave' movie fans struck back for Killarney Actor Michael Fassbender this week at the Empire Awards in London.

The Fossa native, who played plantation owner Edwin Epps in the film, picked up the Best Supporting Actor gong at the awards on Sunday beating off stiff competition in the category from Daniel Brühl, Sam Claflin, Richard Armitage and Tom Hiddleston.

What makes Sunday's accolade extra special is that the Empire Awards are voted for by readers of the film magazine proving that Fassbender's film performance was a hit with dedicated movie fans.

Unfortunately for the Kerry man he was not able to travel to London for the ceremony as he is filming elsewhere.

Fassbender's award was the only big win on the night for '12 Years A Slave' which was also nominated for Best Film, in the Best Supporting Actress category with Lupita Nyong'o, Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and Best Director for Steve McQueen. The Empire Award could mark the start of a winning run for the Killarney actor. He was also shortlisted in the 'Actor in a Support Role Film' category for his role in '12 Years a Slave' in this weekend's 2014 Irish Film & Television Awards. The annual IFTA awards will take place in Dublin on April 5 and will be broadcast live on RTE One.