Michael Shannon, Deauville Talent Award
Credited with over 100 films and series and thousands of theatrical performances, a two-time Deauville Festival attendee with Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter (2011) and Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes (2015), two Grand Prize-winning films, Michael Shannon has from the outset been the antithesis of the Hollywood actor, a centrifugal force, both geographically and artistically. Avid for experience, his quest has been not for seduction or the norm, but for the uniqueness and unease that make his characters so rich.
He grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and began his professional stage career in Chicago, Illinois. He also kept busy in front of film and television cameras, most notably in the big screen project Chicago Cab (1997), based on the long-running stage play Hellcab.
With over eighty roles in film, Shannon’s credits include Rian Johnson’s Knives Out (2019), Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s The Current War (2017), My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009), The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call — New Orleans (2009) and Salt and Fire (2016), all of them directed by Werner Herzog, Matthew M. Ross’ Frank & Lola (2016), Liza Johnson’s Elvis & Nixon (2016), Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (2013), Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman (2012), Liza Johnson’s Return (2010), Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways, Sydney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center (2006), Curtis Hanson’s Lucky You (2007) and 8 Mile (2002), William Friedkin’s Bug (2006), Michael Bay’s Bad Boys II (2003) and Pearl Harbor (2001), and Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky (2001).
Most notably, Shannon garnered critical acclaim for his Oscar nominated supporting role in Revolutionary Road, playing John Givings, the psychologically troubled neighbor’s son. Directed by Sam Mendes and adapted by Justin Haythe, Shannon stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates. He went on to receive additional acclaim for Ramin Bahrani’s timely drama 99 Homes, co-starring opposite Andrew Garfield, Grand Prize winner at the 2015 Deauville American Film Festival. Set against the backdrop of the economic crisis, Shannon portrayed Rick Carver, a charismatic and ruthless real estate tycoon gaming the market and home banking system. He was nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Critics Choice, Gotham Award and Film Independent Spirit Award on behalf of this performance. Additional accolades include Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. For his performance, Shannon received an Academy Award and Critics Choice nomination. He was also seen in Guillermo del Toro’s critically acclaimed drama, The Shape of Water, a love story set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America. The film co-stars Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer. The Shape of Water won the Golden Lion at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, the 2018 Oscar for Best Picture, adding to its tally of 4 Academy Award wins and 13 nominations.
Shannon’s credits also include collaborative re-teams with director Jeff Nichols. He most recently appeared in the drama Loving (2016). His previous collaborations with Nichols include TV series Hank the Cowdog, Midnight Special (2016), Take Shelter, Grand Prize winner at Deauville in 2011 and for which he received a 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor, as well as Mud (2012) and Shotgun Stories (2007).
On television, Shannon’s credits include Park Chan-wook’s AMC mini-series, The Little Drummer Girl (2018), Jay and Mark Duplass’ HBO anthology series Room 104 (2018), Ramin Bahrani’s HBO film Fahrenheit 451 (2018), Drew and John Erick Dowdle’s Paramount Network limited series Waco (2018), as well as Martin Scorsese’s HBO series, Boardwalk Empire (2010−2014).
Outside of his roles on screen, he maintains a strong connection to theater, acting in more than twenty plays. He was last seen on stage starring in Terrence McNally’s final production, the Broadway revival of “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”, which was nominated for a Tony nomination in the category for Best Revival of a Play. In 2018, he directed the world premiere of “Traitor”, Brett Neveu’s adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s play “Enemy of the People”, for which he won a Jeff Award in the category of Best Director in a Midsize Play. “Traitor” included ensemble members Dado, Larry Grimm, Danny McCarthy, Guy Van Swearingen, and Natalie West.
Most notably, Shannon was seen on Broadway co-starring alongside Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, and John Gallagher Jr. in “Long Day’s Journey into Night”. Produced by the Roundabout Theater Company and directed by Jonathan Kent, the revival of Eugene O’Neill’s landmark 1956 drama led Shannon to a 2016 Tony nomination for Supporting Actor as well as 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play. Prior to that, he appeared opposite Paul Rudd, Ed Asner, and Kate Arrington in “Grace” at the Cort Theatre. For his portrayal of Sam, a distrustful and lonely computer genius who had recently lost his fiancé in a car accident, Shannon was nominated for a 2013 Distinguished Performance Drama League Award. He also led Craig Wright’s off-Broadway play, “Mistakes Were Made”, at the Barrow Street Theater. Directed by Dexter Bullard, Shannon portrays Felix Artifex, a small-time theatre producer, who gets in way over his fast-talking head when he takes on an epic about the French Revolution. The play received its world premiere at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago in 2009 with the same cast and director. The critically acclaimed production garnered numerous accolades for Shannon, including an Outstanding Lead Actor Lortel Award nomination, an Outstanding Actor in a Play Drama Desk Award nomination, an Outstanding Solo Performance Outer Critics Award nomination, and a Distinguished Performance Drama League Award nomination.
Shannon will next be seen in the drama series, Nine Perfect Strangers, alongside Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Manny Jacinto, Tiffany Boone, Luke Evans, Melvin Gregg, Grace Van Patten, Asher Keddie, and Samara Weaving. The series, adapted from the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty, takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Shannon plays the role of Napoleon, one of the nine “perfect” strangers.
Next year, Shannon will be seen on the big screen in Michael Mailer’s romantic, coming-of-age drama, Swing, and Michael Maren’s Shriver, opposite Kate Hudson and Don Johnson. Shannon recently wrapped lensing David Leitch’s action thriller Bullet Train alongside Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Zazie Beetz and Andrew Koji. The film is based on the Japanese novel, “Maria Beetle” by Kotaro Isaka. Shannon also finished filming the Untitled David O’Russell project alongside Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Rami Malek and Zoe Saldana.
Elvis & NixonBy Liza Johnson
Nocturnal AnimalsBy Tom Ford
Take ShelterBy Jeff Nichols
The Shape of WaterBy Guillermo del Toro
Knives OutBy Rian Johnson
BugBy William Friedkin
99 HomesBy Ramin Bahrani
Midnight SpecialBy Jeff Nichols
Man of SteelBy Zack Snyder
The IcemanBy Ariel Vromen
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