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Michael Shannon Watched the Oscars at a Chicago Bar on Mute

The Shape of Water was the big victor of Sunday’s Academy Awards when it ended up winning Best Picture. But it turns out one of the film’s stars was not celebrating the movie’s victory with the rest of the cast, because he wasn’t at the ceremony at all.

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Michael Shannon, who played Richard Strickland, an army colonel in charge of studying the “Fish Man” in Shape of Water, watched Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony at the Old Town Ale House in Chicago. The TV Shannon watched it on was on mute and the only way he knew what was happening was thanks to subtitles.

Now, don’t think Shannon was angry at the Oscars or the cast or anything like that. Shannon was in Chicago directing a play at the Red Orchid Theatre, which is right next to the Old Town Ale House. The play’s final performance was on Sunday night, and Shannon obviously had to attend despite the conflict with the Academy Awards.

We heard next year he’s planning to watch the Oscars at a Dave and Buster’s in Philadelphia.

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