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Lexington native watches his movie win best picture from a Chicago bar

Lexington native Michael Shannon watched the Oscar’s from a dive bar in Chicago, according to bar owner Bruce Elliott.
Lexington native Michael Shannon watched the Oscar’s from a dive bar in Chicago, according to bar owner Bruce Elliott.

While the country’s most well-known actors were in their tuxes and gowns for Sunday’s Academy Awards, one of the stars of the evening’s top award winner sported his winter coat while watching the ceremonies from a Chicago dive bar.

As one of the lead actors in “The Shape of Water,” which won the Academy Award for best picture, Michael Shannon surely would have been invited to the ceremonies. Instead, the Lexington native drank a beer at the Old Town Ale House and watched the show on a TV with no sound, just sub-titles.

“Of course the juke box was rocking, and the beer flowing. Where else would you want to spend Oscar night?” bar owner Bruce Elliott said on Twitter.

There are worse places to watch the Oscars. Famed movie critic Roger Ebert called the Ale House “the best bar in the world that I know of.”

Shannon received critical acclaim for “The Shape of Water,” a fantasy about an amphibious creature that forms a relationship with a woman in the facility where it is being held. Shannon played the villainous Richard Strickland in the hit movie that took home four Oscars Sunday, including best picture and best director for dark fantasy auteur Guillermo del Toro.

It wasn’t the first time Shannon skipped out on a prestigious award show in which “Shape of Water” received honors. During last month’s Golden Globes, Shannon spent his weekend in Chicago playing Iggy Pop in a tribute to David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy by the band Sons of the Silent Age.

Shannon attended the 2017 Oscar’s when he was a best supporting actor nominee for “Nocturnal Animals.” He was also nominated for the same award in 2008 for “Revolutionary Road.”

Mike Stunson: 859-231-1324, @mike_stunson

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