Most of the cast and crew of “The Shape of Water” were on hand for the film’s Best Picture Oscar win, but one person was noticeably absent: Michael Shannon. Where was he? In a dive bar in Chicago watching the show on mute.
Shannon closed a production of Brett Neveu’s “Traitor” at A Red Orchid’s Theatre in the Windy City on Oscar Sunday and unwound at Chicago’s famed Old Town Ale House. Bruce Elliott, the bar’s owner and artist behind the bar’s quirky celebrity paintings, tweeted a photo of the actor — clad in a winter jacket with a beer in hand and sporting a ‘stache — watching the credits roll on the screen after “The Shape of Water”’s win.
Michael Shannon watching the film he starred in, "Shape of Water", win best picture while sitting in the Old Town Ale House. No sound on the TV, just sub-titles. Of course the juke box was rocking, and the beer flowing. Where else would you want to spend Oscar night? pic.twitter.com/WAC6uc6guZ
— Bruce Elliott (@GeriatricGenius) March 6, 2018
“Michael Shannon watching the film he starred in, ‘Shape of Water’, win best picture while sitting in the Old Town Ale House,” Elliott wrote. “No sound on the TV, just sub-titles. Of course the juke box was rocking, and the beer flowing. Where else would you want to spend Oscar night?”
Nowhere else, Bruce, nowhere else. “Shape” director and Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro retweeted the photo and replied to Elliott, “Shannon is a blessed singularity. There has never been, nor will there ever be, another one.”
Shannon is a blessed singularity. There has never been, nor will there ever be, another one.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) March 6, 2018
Despite his film’s frontrunner status this season, Shannon was MIA for it because of his directorial duties on “Traitor,” which opened in January. A founding member of A Red Orchard Theatre in 1993, Shannon frequently returns to direct and act in productions, and is a regular at nearby Old Town Ale House.
Hey Michael, invite us next time.
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