Steve Jobs Opens to Oscar Buzz

Steve Jobs Opens to Oscar Buzz

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Steve Jobs, the film about the late Apple co-founder opened Friday, October 9. The movie is split into three acts, each focused around a different product release; the 1994 Macintosh, the 1988 NeXTcube and the iMac in 1998.

The movie, written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, has been making the film festival rounds and Oscar buzz has already started. Most of the award talk has been based on the performance of Michael Fassbender who plays Jobs. Interestingly, it wasn’t Michael that was initially slated to play the role, with most believing he wasn’t a big enough star to carry such a big-budget flick – Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, and Leonardo DiCaprio were a few of the early contenders.

Michael, some noted, was an unknown and didn’t look the part, but after viewing the film, at least one critic noted the actor’s performance would quickly put those concerns to rest.

Mara Reinstein said in US Weekly, “The amazing Fassbender, on screen every moment, transforms into Jobs. No matter that he scarcely resembles the man – he captures the essence.”

Kate Winslet plays Joanna Hoffman, the marketing chief on the original Macintosh, Joanna Hoffman who followed Jobs to NeXT. She was known to be one of the few people seemingly unaffected by his legendary “reality distortion field,” the name given to the executive’s seeming ability to get people to believe what he wanted them to.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kate revealed, “I had no trepidation whatsoever, and I knew that it was different. It wasn’t a biopic. Just how it was constructed to me was so incredibly exciting, there was nothing to be trepidatious about.”

Kate said she spent a lot of time with the real Joanna Hoffman to learn about her character, and study her speech and mannerisms.

“She was very, very generous with her stories. And I really just benefited from that, in particular, and working with her dialect, because I really wanted to capture how she spoke, how she sounded.”

Seth Rogen is Steve “Woz” Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Jobs, and designed the Apple I as well as much of the Apple II. The movie also stars Jeff Daniels and Katherine Waterson.