The movie Steve Jobs last night won two of the four Golden Globes awards for which it was nominated. Aaron Sorkin picked up the award for Best Screenplay, and Kate Winslet won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. However, Michael Fassbender lost out to Leonardo DiCaprio in Best Performance by an Actor. Daniel Pemberton, who wrote the score for the movie, was also beaten by Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight.

Fassbender being beaten to the best actor award by DiCaprio had a certain degree of irony: DiCaprio had previously been offered and turned down the title role in Steve Jobs.

Despite claiming to be lost for words, Sorkin managed a wry acknowledgement of the fact that the movie bombed at the box office …

The title of the movie changed to ‘Box Office Failure Steve Jobs’ after its third week. It took some of the air out of the pride that we were feeling. We didn’t want that to be the epithet of the movie. This is just very, very nice.

The movie almost certainly lost a lot of money, Variety estimating total production and marketing costs at around $60M, meaning that (once the theater share was taken into account) it would have needed to gross $120M to break even.  It has so far earned just $17.7M in the USA, reports the Guardian, with only a handful of theaters still showing it.

Sorkin said that his favorite reaction to a screening by someone close to Steve had been key Macintosh system software designer Andy Hertzfeld.

When we screened it for him, he said: ‘This is unbelievable – not all of that happened, but it’s all true.’

Hertzfeld had previously said that the movie “deviates from reality everywhere” but “exposes deeper truths.” Tim Cook and Jony Ive notably didn’t share this view.

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