Michael Shannon was snubbed hard by the Academy, et al. for The Shape of Water.

I saw it yesterday and thought it was a consummate, very comfy, seemingly perfect movie. But while Sally, Octavia, and Richard all pulled their weight to deliver performances worthy of their nominations, I simply couldn’t help but think of how well Michael Shannon played Strickland.

His character is what I will now think of when a villain comes to mind. His is that of a person who only cares about one thing: his reputation, success. He scarcely gives his wife and children any mind and wants nothing more than to have “Fish-man” dead and to be seen as something more by General Hoyt. He does this by any means possible with little regard to anyone else other than himself. Shannon is very much aware of and in tune to this and plays the role with a sadistic and selfish tone that’s near irresistible.

Why, then, was he not nominated for anything by the major governing bodies?

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63 thoughts on “Michael Shannon was snubbed hard by the Academy, et al. for The Shape of Water.

  1. Viney February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    He was doing his typical Shannon bay guy role. He does it well, better than almost anyone, but it’s the kind of performance you’d expect from him. Also, Supporting Actor is stacked this year.

  2. pussypowerr February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    if anyone was snubbed, it was armie hammer and michael stuhlbarg for call me by your name

  3. ReadyAurora5 February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I don’t know that he was. His character was decent, but essentially just a government henchman. He was also pretty one dimensional, just a callous asshole who happened to be put under a lot of pressure by his superior.

  4. royalstaircase February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I’m amazed when I see interviews with him and see how he is kind of a meek everyman dude IRL. Makes me appreciate his talent even more considering how much it must take for him to nail his villainous roles.

  5. Fleckeri February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Academy didn’t like the ass scene I guess.

  6. godbottle February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    This is a silly thing to get upset about. He was just nominated last year for a better performance in Nocturnal Animals and this year was one of the most stacked years for Supporting Actor of all time probably. Christopher Plummer absolutely shouldn’t have been nominated but Michael Stuhlbarg and Armie Hammer deserve the nom 20 times over before Michael Shannon doing a pretty un-nuanced though great military villain schtick.

  7. Jowicobi February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Just a side note for interest’s sake: [My niece acted in a movie with Michael Shannon when she was six](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1675192/?ref_=nv_sr_1). I never met him myself, but my brother and sister in law spent a lot of time with him and Jessica Chastain while it was filming (they still chat via email now and then). Both Michael and Jessica were so kind and sweet to both my niece and her parents that my brother says he can’t believe Michael as a villain because he can’t make himself forget what a gentle, decent, warm person he is (Jessica is the same, by the way).

  8. mikeweasy February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Yeah true this guys acting is off the charts.

  9. braised_diaper_shit February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Seriously? He’s had so many better roles than this. He can do a character like that in his sleep.

  10. intothemidwest February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    He played an intense, dedicated villain. He did very solid work, but the role didn’t have the complexity of Hawkins’ or Jenkins’ I thought.

    Meanwhile in supporting actor I wish the CMBYN actors (or even one of them) got some love, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

  11. lridge February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    A film with the phrase “pussy finger” is going o win Best Picture. Isn’t that enough?

  12. rhetoricjams February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Michael Shannon is severely under-rated as a whole. His work in 99 homes was fantastic and he was the best elvis I’ve ever seen in Elvis and Nixon

  13. cabose7 February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    > fuck, you ARE a god

  14. BearyPotter February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    His scene with Octavia Spencer alone… Gave me chills, turned my stomach, and made me genuinely terrified.

  15. vaclavhavelsmustache February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    That finger scene made me cringe and squirm harder than any scene has in a long time, including much more violent and graphic horror scenes. Oof.

  16. typicalsweg February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    he was alright in the shape of water, but he deserved a nom for 99 homes

  17. Google_Peru February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Whoever snubbed me…


  18. blind_reaper903 February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I don’t think he was snubbed anymore than Patrick Stewart in Logan

  19. TheRealMrWest February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I agree! I thought he was one of the best parts of the movie. As good as Richard Jenkins was, I thought Michael Shannon was better and should’ve gotten the nod over him.

  20. casualmafia1000 February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I do respectfully disagree with this one.

    Shannon is a phenonmenal actor and his nom for Nocturnal Animals the previous year was very welcome, but even in that case I still ranked Aaron Taylor-Johnson higher as a supporting actor, as I do with Richard Jenkins in The Shape of Water. It really was going to be one or other.

    And generally speaking, Supporting Actor is an exceptionally tough category this year. Armie Hammer actually deserved it more broadly speaking. Hell, the most unsung hero this year for me is Will Poulter for Detroit.

    If Shannon was to *win* or *deserve a nom* for a specific performance, I still think it should have been for 99 Homes.

  21. cutol February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    He played a generic stereotype. There is nothing to laud there.

  22. Oznog99 February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Fuck, man. Michael Shannon is a unique actor, I’ve been fascinated with him since he appeared in *Young Ones* and *Take Shelter*.

    I can see where he could be seen as “not likeable”, like Tilda Swinton isn’t likeable. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t amazing.

  23. StankKunt42 February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    He was the best thing about that movie IMO

    Best performance and most interesting character

  24. AdventureFilm February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Who gives a rats ass about awards. Did you like the movie? Good. That’s what matters.

  25. lacourseauxetoiles February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I would definitely have nominated him, but all of the nominated male supporting performances this year are great so I can’t really complain.

  26. donrioimpossible February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    He’s so consistently good.

    I can’t think of a single film I’ve seen him in where he wasn’t on his game.

  27. MBAMBA0 February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Sorry but I disagree – I saw this same basic performance in Boardwalk Empire and didn’t like it in that either.

    I like him a lot in some things – Take Shelter was good.

  28. lebanesetacos February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Michael Shannon shoots HARD on the Academys!

  29. BanjoGotCooties February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    He’s the only thing that makes the movie suggestible to friends to watch. Otherwise I’d feel awkward as hell recommending this to a friend.

    (First 5 minutes into the movie and a full on fingerblast off happens)

  30. Craizinho February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    With 5 nominees there’s almost always a snub anyways

  31. Kaiedos February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Thought the exact same thing leaving the theater.

  32. BadMovieBuff February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    His character is one of the things i didnt like about the movie…he’s a caricature. Everything bad you could think of for a villain he was.

    And the part when he tore his own fingers off was so dumb and cartoony.

  33. RatsInTheCellar February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Poor guy has the male equivalent of “resting bitch face.” Roles like this are probably overlooked because people forget he’s acting.

  34. NekkidJayBird February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    “Here comes doctor shitbird” That line cracked me up.

  35. OoberDude February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I’d say Stuhlbarg or Hammer was the bigger snub. CMBYN hinged on the actors’ performances more so than TSoW. Plummer has the least deserving spot imo.

  36. YaBoyStevieJay February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Because the academy liked other supporting performances more.

  37. RustyDetective February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Yeah, Shannon certainly outclassed Stuhlbarg in, The Shape of Water. But I’m not so sure up against Jenkins. The two of them were superb alongside Hawkins. Ideally, they would nominate both Shannon and Jenkins for supporting roles, placing one of them instead of the shoehorned Plummer. I’m honestly stuck between who I want for lead actress, Hawkins or Ronan. While I loved Three Billboards, I don’t think it Frances’ best.

  38. AnirudhMenon94 February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I wasn’t a fan of The Shape of Water (Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE GDT and really wanted to love this one. Just didn’t click with me) and one of the things I disliked was Michael Shannon’s performances. He just felt really generic as a bad guy.

  39. sudevsen February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Only the other hand, Spencer got a nom for a nothing role playing typically jovial big black lady and was wasted in the movie.

    I kept expecting her to burst into a “aww lawdy y’all need jeesus”

  40. prodical February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    His performance in Take Shelter was amazing.

  41. Lannister963 February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    He got nominated or won last year for Nocturnal Animals. Maybe that’s why.

  42. Va_Fungool February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    go watch Boardwalk Empire, this is the exact same character you just described

  43. Masoner79 February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    This is the guy who said during the 2016 election that people who he didn’t agree with politically should be murdered.

  44. angelgarcia1989 February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    He should have been nominated and won for nocturnal animals

  45. NoBudgetFilmmaker February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    He was just being Michael Shannon, really. Shame they didn’t try to do anything interesting with his character.

  46. UnobjectionablePea February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Literally just finished watchng it moments ago.

    I thought all he was missing was a handlebar mustache to twirl as the villain.

    Movie was competently made but no wonder the Academy loves it and it will probably get best picture. Good people are a black woman, gay guy, and handicapped woman. Bad people are CIS gendered white males. One of whom is a sadistic sociopath and the other a spy.

    It was nice to see an Abe Sapien prequel though.

  47. nightfishin February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    He should have won for Nocturnal animals easily over Mahershala Ali

  48. billbillbills February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Oh please, this movie isn’t perfect, and apart from Sally’s character, everyone in this movie feels like a cliche, stock character.

  49. bobtheflob February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    The movie already came close to getting the record for most nominations ever. It’s hard to say anyone from that movie got snubbed when so many other good movies got very little recognition.

  50. orangeneon February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    His character was rapey, so giving him an award might be a faux pas in these “metoo” times.

  51. Cameirus27 February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    well, the film is blatantly plagiarised from another one.

  52. Whatsup129389 February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    He was too terrifying. I didn’t like how he tortured the asset, or the scientist, or how he was intimidating to Octavia.

  53. Chessboxin_Cyclops February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    That film was just painful to watch

    It’s as if they decided to just not even bother researching the Russian. So much of the film was in Russian, yet it was excruciatingly badly done

  54. Rockletim February 12, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    The awards are always partially lifetime achievements and he was nominated for supporting actor last year.

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