Now that the buzz surrounding, this morning’s Oscar nominations has gone down a bit, let’s do some analyzing shall we? The most notable and surprising nominees in my opinion are Richard Jenkins for The Visitor and Michael Shannon for Revolutionary Road. It’s obvious that Jenkins took DiCaprio’s spot in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role category, but who saw Michael Shannon coming? As a Best Supporting Actor nominee he came completely out of left field. Who is this Michael Shannon? Where does he come from? What else has he been in? Let’s find out!
A native of Lexington, Kentucky Shannon has been pulling what I like to call a “Philip Seymour Hoffman.” Have you ever had a moment when you looked back at certain films, and your blown away because you realize a certain actor was in all of them? I get that a lot with Hoffman, apparently anything from the mid-nineties and up he’s had a supporting role in. I guess now I can pair Oscar nominee, Michael Shannon with him.
The 34 year old actor has dominated film with his supporting presence for years, but like a lot of actors, theatre is his first love. According to the Illinois based site Decider Chicago, Shannon is one of its hometown theatre’s most charitable alumni.
Since 1993, Shannon has been an ensemble member of Old Town’s size-challenged A Red Orchid Theatre, which most recently produced A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant, and is probably best known for being the home of the world premiere of Tracy Letts’ Bugin 2001. Shannon starred in that production, went with the play to New York and starred in William Friedkin’s film version in 2006.Shannon has continued his association with A Red Orchid Theatre including his directorial debut there three years ago with Eugene Ionesco’s Hunger And Thirst.
In terms of film credit’s, Shannon has co-starred in Groundhog Day, Cecil B. Demented, Tigerland, Pearl Harbor, Vanilla Sky, 8 Mile, Bad Boys II, World Trade Center, and is currently filming 13 alongside Mickey Rourke. Shannon’s Oscar nominated role in Revolutionary Road seems like it’s been a good 17 years in the making.
I have to admit he did give a stellar performance as John Givings in the film, but let’s be honest his competition is beyond stiff. Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight, Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder, Josh Brolin for Milk, and no surprise here, Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt. Sorry Ralph Fiennes, it seems like your role in The Duchess didn’t make the cut.
You can see who takes home the gold, when the Academy Awards air February 22, on ABC.