While the stars of Hollywood dressed in their most elegant attire and gathered at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday night, Michael Shannon decided to pass on the pageantry and instead watched the Oscars from the comfort of a bar stool.
Forgoing a tuxedo in favor of a warm winter coat, the actor, who starred in the Best Picture-winning “The Shape of Water,” watched the awards ceremony in Chicago’s famous Old Town Ale House, on a muted wall-mounted TV.
The bar’s owner, Bruce Elliott, snapped a picture of Shannon, beer in hand, as “The Shape of Water” took home the biggest prize of the night.
“No sound on the TV, just sub-titles. Of course the juke box was rocking, and the beer flowing.” Elliott tweeted. “Where else would you want to spend Oscar night?”
Legendary film critic Roger Ebert once described the Old Town Ale House as “the best bar in the world that I know about,” and it seems that Shannon, a Chicago native, is a regular at the establishment. According to Uproxx, news clippings about the “Take Shelter” actor adorn the walls, alongside articles about Anthony Bourdain, another famous local.
Who needs luxury gift bags and Jimmy Kimmel handouts when you could enjoy the show with a $5 shot of Fireball, Cuervo, or Malort?