Observer Fan Michael Shannon Lands Oscar Nomination for ‘Nocturnal Animals’

Actor Michael Shannon (right) attends the Observer's 25th anniversary.

Actor Michael Shannon (right) attends the Observer‘s 25th anniversary. Patrick McMullan

After today’s announcement of the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards, there was a lot of discussions: who was snubbed (Tom Hanks, Amy Adams), whose names were accidentally reported as in the running, only to be retracted later (Tom Hanks, Amy Adams), and who was probably at home right now, eating pints of Ben & Jerry’s and dressing up all their other awards in tiny, little doll clothes and holding a pretend Vanity Fair Oscar party (Tom Hanks, Amy Adams).

But we want to take this moment to congratulate Nocturnal Animal’s Michael Shannon, who has been doing stellar character work for years now. From Boardwalk Empire to Bug to–yes, even General Zod in the Zach Snyder Superman movie– Shannon is as captivating as he is terrifying. Nominated in 2009 for his role in Revolutionary Road, this will be Shannon’s second trip to La La Land for the Oscars. As a resident New Yorker, Shannon has been to known to attend the occasional Observer event…such as our 25th Anniversary party, where he mingled with other NYC celebs like Mayor Bloomberg, Katie Holmes and Spike Lee.

Observer Fan Michael Shannon Lands Oscar Nomination for ‘Nocturnal Animals’