The Oscars are the biggest night of the year for the movie industry, with the biggest names in Hollywood gathering to celebrate the best movies and performances of the year. Not everyone can make it to the big event though, such as Michael Shannon, who played a pivotal role in Best Picture winner The Shape of Water. As it turns out, the two-time Oscar-nominated actor watched The Shape of Water win the Best Picture Oscar from a Chicago dive bar known as the Old Town Ale House, as revealed in a photo of the actor shared by Chicago Times theater critic Chris Jones. Here's what the critic had to say on Twitter yesterday.
"This image, per Facebook pal Bruce Elliott, is of Michael Shannon sitting in the Old Town Ale House last night watching the movie in which he starred win Best Picture. No sound. Just the juke. This image tells you all ya need to know about the values of the Chicago theater."
Michael Shannon was born in Lexington, Kentucky, but he was raised in Chicago, where he was one of the founding members of A Red Orchid Theater, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year. The actor had just wrapped his three-month run directing the new play Traitor, an adaptation of Heinrich Ibsen's An Enemy of the People set in a North Chicago suburb. The play's run ended on March 4, the night of the Oscars. He will also be starring in A Red Orchid's summer production Victimes of Duty, written by Eugene Ionesco and directed by Shira Piven (Welcome to Me).
While Michael Shannon wasn't nominated for his performance as Richard Strickland in The Shape of Water, he does have two Oscar nominations to his credit. His first nomination came in 2008, for his critically-acclaimed portrayal of John Givings in Revolutionary Road, which he lost to the late great Heath Ledger for his portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight. The actor admitted in an interview last year that, after he lost, he proceeded to get rather drunk, which lead to him inexplicably slipping into a British accent while he was talking to his Revolutionary Road co-star Kate Winslet. He was also nominated last year for his portrayal of Bobby Andes in Nocturnal Animals, although he lost to Moonlight's Mahershala Ali.
Michael Shannon most recently starred in Warner Bros. war movie 12 Strong, and he will next be seen in What They Had, alongside Hilary Swank and Taissa Farmiga, hitting theaters October 12, and State Like Sleep with Luke Evans and Katherine Waterston, which doesn't have a release date in place. It's possible that Michael Shannon could also have an Emmy nomination or two in his future, with the actor coming off his role as FBI negotiator Gary Noesner in Paramount Network's mini-series Waco, and his role as Beatty in the upcoming HBO movie Fahrenheit 451. Take a look at this photo of Michael Shannon watching the Oscars from the Old Town Ale House, the self-proclaimed "Best Dive Bar In Chicago," courtesy of Chris Jones' Twitter.