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'Shame' director Steve McQueen: 'America is scared of sex'

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Steve McQueen has opened up about Michael Fassbender's lack of Oscar nomination for Shame.

The director insisted that Oscar voters were wrong to leave the 34-year-old off the list of nominees for 'Best Actor' following his full-frontal performance in Shame.

Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan

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"In America they're too scared of sex, that's why he wasn't nominated," McQueen told PA.

"If you look at the best actor list you're saying, 'Michael Fassbender is not on that list?' It's kind of crazy. But that's how it is, it's an American award, let them have it."

McQueen went on to praise Fassbender's talent, saying that he is a unique presence of the screen.

"He's a once in a generation actor. He's an actor who can transform and transcend, and you actually believe him, so that's the kind of guy he is," he added.

Fassbender is currently developing a film about Irish mythological hero CĂșchulainn with Ronan Bennett.

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