Michael Fassbender’s Oscar date: his mom, not girlfriend Madalina Ghenea


Bedhead has discussed Bradley Cooper’s internal debate about whether he should bring his girlfriend or his mom as his date to the Oscars. But as it turns out, practically all of the Best Supporting Actor nominees will be facing the same question, and nearly all of them are going to bring their moms! The UK tabloids say that Jared Leto is definitely bringing his mom (she’s been his date to many major events, so no big surprise) and that Michael Fassbender has decided to bring his mom as well. As opposed to bringing his (ahem) girlfriend Madalina Ghenea. Oh, I bet Madalina will not be happy about this:

Michael Fassbender, Jared Leto and Bradley Cooper are all taking their mothers as their date to The Academy Award this Sunday, March 2. The Oscar nominees have all ditched their girlfriends in favour of their mothers as their plus ones for the star-studded ceremony – with Michael flying his parents over from Ireland for biggest awards ceremony of the year.

A source close to the 12 Years A Slave star told The Sun newspaper: ”[Michael’s] parents are on their way from Kerry. ‘He has been seeing model Madalina Ghenea recent months but won’t be walking the red carpet with her.”

Meanwhile it has been reported that while American Hustle star Bradley Cooper may be taking his mum to the main event, he plans on meeting up with his girlfriend of a year, Suki Waterhouse, later that evening.

And Jared will be looking to his mother, Constance, for support on the night who he invited her via a video call earlier this week. The Dallas Buyer’s Club star previously credited his mum for his success and said he likes taking her to red carpet events as a way of thanking her.

He said: ”We were born very poor and into pretty humble surroundings. My mother always wanted to do something better with her life and for her children. She was a dreamer and a worker. The biggest lesson she taught me was to dream and then to do the work that it takes to make dreams a reality. It has been fun to bring her around. ‘The best part of these opportunities to stand up and say something is to be able to thank the people who have believed in you for so long. I could spend every single one of these events thanking my mother. She’s the best.”

[From RTE]

Now we just need to figure out if Jonah Hill and Barkhad Abdi are bringing their moms too. I bet Jonah brings either his mom or his sister – Jonah’s sister was his date the time he was nominated for Moneyball, so maybe this year it’s his mom’s turn. As for Barkhad… well, he has lots of family living in Minnesota, so maybe his mom or his sister as a date? He says he doesn’t have a girlfriend. Isn’t it funny that all of the men nominated for Best Supporting Actor are all unmarried men?

Also: B-Coop is allegedly going to do the post-Oscar parties with Suki, and I would imagine that his mom will come too. Do you think Madalina will manage to do the after-parties with Fassy?




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  1. lower-case deb says:

    Jared’s mom… wow

  2. Corn on the cob says:

    Fassy put on a little weight.

    • ichsi says:

      He did, and I’m an absolute hypocrite when I say I don’t think it fits him. I like my dumb sexy Irish bunny to be skinny.

      As for him not bringing “the girlfriend”: I start to admire her patience more and more, since I thought this was exactly why she’s dating him. She’s professional arm-candy and now she doesn’t get a chance to shine? Interesting.

  3. freebunny says:

    Jared mom is wonderful.
    As for fassbender, he lost me months ago.

  4. serena says:

    Damn, Jared Leto’s mom looks stunning!!!

  5. Abby says:

    wait Fassy is attending?? wow and all those wtf statements back then that he won’t even attend the Oscars as he would be shooting.

    Clearly he doesn’t wanna upset the academy. Btw the pic with his parents is cute.

    Jared Leto creeps the shit out of me but I love his mom.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      It’s from the Sun–I guess they don’t read his interviews. He said he’s going to be working….

      • Abby says:

        ohh I see but who knows he might show up………but then he will look like a hypocrite

      • meme says:

        He never said that he isn’t going to the Oscars. He said that he is not campaigning for it, because A) he is busy filming B) he doesn’t like campaigning for awards. His work should speak for itself.
        He respects his peers and is grateful for all the recognition they give him, he is just not going to campaign.

        BTW, not campaigning for awards doesn’t mean that he is not promoting the movie itself. Those are two different things. He does a lot of promotion for movies he is in.

    • Lou says:

      Fassbender never said he wasn’t going to the Oscars, just that he wasn’t going to campaign. Some sites blew that up to say he wasn’t going. He never disrespected the awards themselves, just the politics.

      And he has never taken any female but a relative to an awards show or a premier (usually his parents go with him, but he took his sister to the Golden Globes this year), so if Ms. Ghenea was expecting something different, she was obviously mistaken.

      I am surprised that a friend of his would give any information to the Sun, though. As a Liverpool supporter, Fassbender should know better.

  6. db says:

    Yeah, somehow I get the feeling that there’s a lot less to Fassy’s “relationship” with Madalina than meets the PR. Same with all of them actually

    • Isadora says:

      Let’s hope so! I know I’m delusional, but I still hope that a man with such a talent who seems like a rather intelligent person is kind of willing to have a great, classy woman at his side. And tbh Madalina doesn’t seem like that, pretty as she is…

  7. Chris says:

    I know it’s sweet and all, but I’m a little tired of ” I brought my mommy with me”. It feels a little Peter Pan Syndrome to me. I am suspect that they don’t bring their “girlfriends” so that they don’t have to hear it from their side pieces. Also, I feel like it’s a way of keeping the girlfriend in her place. I’m thinking of those years Leo hit the red carpet without Gisele. It’s like “I’m the Star, don’t forget it. You can come to the after party and service me under the table if you’d like”. I dunno….maybe it is just sweet…getting a second cup of coffee to see if my opinion changes.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      Yeah, I agree. But also–maybe some of them don’t want to bring actual dates until it’s serious. Especially being that you’re in the public eye–I wouldn’t even want to deal with all of that, unless I was married to the dude.

      • AG-UK says:

        Also I would think unless it’s serious who has supported them more than their parents. It’s a proud moment in their lives so why not I guess it’s different if it’s year in year out that would get a bit tiring.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I’d bring my mom or my aunts EVERYWHERE, if I were a celebrity. That doesn’t mean I have issues with the opposite sex. It just means that I don’t want the general public all up in my personal life. I hate when people say that Bradley Cooper, Leonardo Dicaprio, etc have mommy issues because they bring their mothers to premieres and things. I think that it’s nice that you want your parents with you, and shouldn’t be something that is ridiculed.

      • Ice Maiden says:

        Yeah, I don’t see anything wrong with bring a mother – or any other relative – to an awards show. Nothing wrong at ALL. Particularly if, as I’m guessing is the case with Fassbender, you’re not in a serious relationship. Where’s the rule that everyone has to be cutely coupled up? Fassbender is obviously very close to his family and what better way to thank his mother than bring her to the Oscars? I bet they have a great evening together.

      • AG-UK says:

        I can tell you if it were MY son, some old girlfriend would NOT have a chance 🙂 all my schlepping around supporting you and this is all I get to see it on TV do not think so LOL . I am sure it’s boring as hell I’d have to “pretend” to be interested for half the time or sneak off to the bar.

      • Chris says:

        I don’t know if it’s mommy issues, but when 35+ year-old man dates 19 year-old girls exclusively, I would suggest that maybe it’s a problem with women in general.

    • Jaderu says:

      LOL I love this comment. My opinion changes after coffee sometimes. And after a splash of something in my orange juice.

    • Zadie says:

      Do women bring their dads? I don’t really remember.

      • Isadora says:

        I think it’s more common for women without partner to bring both their parents (like Jennifer Lawrence), others brought their agent (like Scarlett Johansson) or some such. However I guess it’s even harder with dates for men in Hollywood now, because if one of them choses to attend with just a good male friend… wow… I can only imagine the screams of oh-I-always-knew-he-was-gay-and-the-girls-were-just-beards. Especially with the likes of Bradley Cooper or George Clooney. 😉

      • Evie says:

        Yes, Sharon Stone brought her Dad as her date to the Oscars the same year that she famously wore an “old” dress she had in her closet — it was a simple black dress if I recall.

        Co-signing that Jared Leto’s Mom is stunning. Forget about her age. She is stunning, period.

    • Renee28 says:

      I don’t blame them. I wouldn’t want to waste my time on the red carpet talking about my gf/bf especially if it’s not serious.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Maybe their mothers sacrificed a lot so they could be where they are now and they want to honor that? I’m not trying to be all unicorns; I get what you’re saying, but in some cases it might be a sincere gesture rather than a way to avoid complications. Or both.

      • Chris says:

        Agreed. I am sure they sacrificed a lot. I think what bugs me is how they date much younger women and then bring their moms with them to red carpets. Part of me is just like “grow up and date a woman who can be your equal as far as life experience goes. There are plenty of beautiful women your own age. What are you afraid of?.” Geez, I’m cranky today…

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Totally get it. I don’t think you’re being cranky. You have a good point.

      • AG-UK says:

        I agree. It’s such a sad cliche but I think they want someone who won’t rock the boat, or NO drama as Leo says.

    • hmmm says:

      Girlfriends come and go but mothers are forever.

    • AG-UK says:

      Oh yes I agree on the 19 y/o and 35+ yes.. some issues there but bringing their mom’s to the shows I don’t see a problem. I was 22 and went out to dinner with some friends and one of the guys was 35 I swear I stared at him all evening thinking MY GOD he is 35 YEARS OLD not in ooh we could go out but Jesus he is O L D. So I don’t get it.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        @AG-UK When I was in college, I went out with a man who was 26, and I remember just agonizing over the age difference. I thought he was possibly too old for me, which is hilarious now, but I really thought that. We referred to a 35 year old man as a “dad” as in ” did you see that dad hitting on Sara?”

      • Alina says:

        some women are still girls even with 22+ while others are more mature and see the person and not just the age. It differs from person to person, judging people just because they´re in love with someone younger/ older is unfair. Love is the best thing in life and life´s too short to please strangers and their “behavioral code”

    • Chris says:

      Ha. Yes, I love the No Drama quote. No Drama meaning “I will do what I want, with whomever I want. And if you don’t like it, take a hike Drama Queen”. I suppose if most people could get away with this they would? I dunno. One of my favorite quotes of all time is “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness” ( Bertrand Russell) . And I agree. It’s got to be really lonely when no one will ever tell you no or require your respect.

    • lunchcoma says:

      I judge the guys who continually date 19-year-olds in their late 30s, but I think that’s a separate issue from attending awards shows with relatives. Even a guy who dates women his own age is going to be single or in a new relationship at times, and I think it makes a lot more sense to attend alone or with family members than it does to make a new relationship so public and look silly when it flounders a few months later.

      (I’m specifically going to stick up for Michael Fassbender a bit here, which isn’t something I do all that often. Whatever people think of this Madalina woman, she’s 25 years old, which is not unreasonably young. It also seems like whatever relationship they have has lasted for less than 6 months. I would be really uncomfortable taking someone who I’d known that long to an event where I’d be surrounded by all of my professional peers.)

  8. Musi says:

    Barkhadi brought a beautiful woman to the sags. Who was she then?

  9. Anne says:

    Please Benedict Cumberbatch, please bring your mom too!!! I just can’t handle a new girlfriend right now…

    • freebunny says:

      I suppose Cumby will be alone.
      He seems to be single and it’s a big trip for his parents.

    • Zadie says:

      I wish he would bring that Russian chick, Katja Elizarova. I know they’re not together, but the meltdown would be epic.

      • Abby says:

        hhhaa wont wont happen he is DONE with her for good. plus his PR ain’t stupid to let her come to Oscars. I am pretty sure he’ll come alone or who knows maybe bring his niece Emily or his sister Tracy.

  10. Maria says:

    It’s The Sun so I’ll take it worth a grain of salt.

    Fassy always brings family; I’m kind of hoping he doesn’t attend just so folks will shut up about his decision to work and not campaign.

    I will enjoy watching him in a tux though 😉

    • Isadora says:

      Come on – I’m giddily awaiting Fassbender at the Oscars for weeks now. He has to come. In a tux. Oh wow…

  11. AlmondJoy says:

    Jared Leto’s mom is just beautiful! I would love to see her in a chin-length or angled bob.

    • AG-UK says:

      Yes that sounds good. I think her hair is lovely but might be too long but I think they are on the artsy side. Also she is petite and can get away with it.

  12. Jane says:

    I’m very curious to see if Suki will hang out with Bradley’s mom at the after-party. This is all coming from The Sun, so it could be all wrong, though.

  13. Lucy says:

    All I can say is that Mrs. Leto NEVER ceases to stun me. Can’t wait to see her on Sunday!!!

  14. 'p'enny says:

    I think its a bit sad. :-p

  15. Tig says:

    I’m on the side of its great to share a big evening with your family, esp Mom! I think it would be a blast to treat your folks/family to such an amazing event.

  16. Issie says:

    Fassbender’s parents are always with him for the big red carpet events. His father is with him a lot during some of his filming. So not suprised that his mom will be his date for the Oscars. He has said many times that he’s very close to his family.

  17. Isabelle says:

    So thats what p*s*yslayers do, bring their moms to award shows. Notice the men that love many women, usually bring their moms.

  18. Tsarina says:

    As a mom of boys, this article warmed my heart 🙂

  19. lunchcoma says:

    It seems like a reasonable choice to me. Single male celebrities who are older than this bunch of guys also sometimes bring their daughters to events.

    I imagine an awards show is a stressful time, especially for nominees who have a reasonable chance of winning. If I were in that position, I don’t think I’d want the person next to me to be someone who I’d dated for a few months. I’d want someone who could talk me through my jitters, not someone who I’d have to worry about doing something odd in front of my colleagues. Plus, celebrities who are too loud about new relationships tend to annoy people. Do we really want to see guys like Jared Leto and Michael Fassbender imitating Taylor Swift and making a huge deal out of every 2 month relationship that’s likely to be over in another 2 months? Even Taylor has grown out of that. People who are 40 or close to it shouldn’t be imitating that behavior.

  20. Cali says:

    Love Fassbender for doing this for his mom! This is so cute of all the guys, show mom to the world, the person who has supported you all of your life.

  21. Talia says:

    Fassbender ALWAYS brings both parents to awards shows so I’m not sure how this is news. I guess the Sun really needed something to write about. When ‘Shame’ was out and it was thought that he’d get an Oscar nod he said he would bring his mom if he got to go.