Michael Shannon’s Oscar nom was good news in the midst of Trump’s ‘carnage’


Did Michael Shannon know that he was going to be nominated for an Oscar? Maybe, maybe not. He definitely campaigned a little bit a few months ago, but then he went dark and I suspected that even he wondered if he was going to be snubbed in favor of Aaron Taylor Johnson in Nocturnal Animals. But at the end of the day, the Academy voters agreed with Michael Shannon: old people who voted for Emperor Baby Fists are ready for the urn. I have my fingers crossed that we’re in for a wonderful month full of Michael Shannon mouthing off about Baby Fists. If we have a Michael Shannon story every day, I will be the happiest girl in the world. Anyway, Michael was in Newcastle, England when he learned about his nomination. He’s currently (GET IT?) filming The Current War with Benedict Cumberbatch and Nicholas Hoult. Shannon plays George Westinghouse. Once he got on the phone to reporters, he was grumpy and charming, of course.

How he learned about his nomination: “I’m working on movie called ‘The Current War’ and was on the phone with my manager and he was watching TV and got really excited. I really love this movie and I’m really proud to be associated with it. For me, ‘Nocturnal Animals’ is something that happened a while ago so that time lag is a strange thing.”

Whether he’s happy with the nom: “I am thrilled! Loved making this film. I would work with Tom Ford anytime, anywhere. Jake Gyllenhaal and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Karl Glusman made it easy for me. Nice to get some good news in the midst of all the carnage, so to speak.”

How he’ll celebrate: “I guess I’m just going to try and do another good movie. Just keep making them. I won’t lie about it, I’ve been down in the dumps; there hasn’t been much to celebrate. It was nice to get a little pick me up.”

Whether he’ll actually win: “I’m not for one instinct, hold any hope of actually winning the damn thing.”

His most important job is “dad” to his two daughters, Sylvia and Marion. “The responsibilities that hold the most significance in my life is being a father. Lots of those moments don’t happen on the set. They happen in those brief periods where I actually get to go home and take the kids to school and pick them up and cook them dinner and put them to bed.”

[From LA Times, Variety & ET]

Shannon is absolutely making a Baby Fists reference with the “carnage” comment and the “there hasn’t been much to celebrate” comment. I hope someone on his team is encouraging him to say more! PLEASE. Michael Shannon is one of the few people in the world making me happy these days. I hope he gives a million more interviews and calls out Baby Fists a million times.

Oh, and Vulture released the transcript of their conversation with Shannon a few months ago, where he talked about his shot at getting an Oscar nomination. This Q&A is hysterical.


Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. L84Tea says:

    I love Michael Shannon and hope he starts getting some bigger roles. I find his voice fascinating. And I will admit, I adored his General Zod in Man of Steel. He reminded me of an evil Sheldon Cooper.

  2. Margo S. says:

    I friggin LOVED Michael Shannon. He’s a stand up guy and makes me lol with his blunt delivery about everything.

  3. Desdenova says:

    I really like Michael Shannon and I really hope he wins, just to see him even more.

  4. ME says:

    I really like him and even more appreciate his political activism!

    On the political front….. Evan McMullin & Mindy Finn just launched: https://standuprepublic.com/ (@standuprepublic) I think it’s really important that conservatives and liberals align their efforts if we want a chance to replace the fascist in chief.

  5. JulP says:

    I’m rooting for Mahershala Ali in supporting, but I kind of want Michael Shannon to win because he would give an amazing acceptance speech (I’m sure he’d have some choice words for Kim Jong Orange …)

    Finally got around to watching Midnight Special over the weekend, he was amazing in that (I’m not sure how I feel about the movie as a whole though). And I highly recommend Elvis & Nixon to anyone who hasn’t seen it. It’s such a fun (crazy) movie, and I totally bought Michael as Elvis. He’ll definitely win an Oscar someday, if not this year.

  6. SilverUnicorn says:

    I only read ‘he’s in Newcastle filming’!!!

    *jumping in the car pronto, bye Celebitches for now*

  7. grabbyhands says:

    I want to see him win just to hear his acceptance speech.

  8. Yogapants says:

    If you love Michael Shannon, you should check out Midnight Special. Easily one of my favorite films of the year, with fantastic performances all around.

    • I Choose Me says:

      He broke my heart in that movie. Joel Edgerton who’s also in the movie is also becoming one of my favourite persons to watch on screen.

  9. Karen says:

    “Ready for the urn” will never not make me happy. I adore him.

  10. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    I lalala love him! I never really knew of him until Boardwalk Empire. Wow. He was amazing, of course, on that show. I’m so glad he’s gotten loads of work.

  11. Miss M says:

    I think I am in the minority because I thought Aaron’s performance was better than Shannon’s…

  12. Maud says:

    The more celebrities attack trump during awards shows, the greater the probability he gets reelected. His supporters perceive actors to represent the rich privileged elite and it galvanizes them.

  13. LB says:

    The supporting actor category is my favorite one this year. All very deserving.

  14. I Choose Me says:

    *Reads transcript. Is delighted.*

    It’s official Michael Shannon is not only my Patron Saint of Zero F-cks given. But I’m also gonna make him my Patronus against all things Drumpf.