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Michael Shannon scores the only Oscar nomination for ‘Nocturnal Animals'

Michael Shannon nabbed an Oscar nomination for his performance as a cynical detective in Tom Ford’s thriller “Nocturnal Animals.” Shannon appeared in 10 films in 2016.

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By MAKEDA EASTER | Los Angeles Times | Published: January 24, 2017

The versatile Michael Shannon capped a year that saw him appear in 10 films — including “Midnight Special,” “Elvis & Nixon,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Loving” — with an Oscar nomination for his performance as a cynical detective in Tom Ford’s thriller “Nocturnal Animals.”

He got the news in a hotel lobby in Newcastle, a city in northeast England.

“I’m working on movie called ‘The Current War’ and was on the phone with my manager and he was watching TV and got really excited,” Shannon said.

“I really love this movie and I’m really proud to be associated with it,” he said. “For me, ‘Nocturnal Animals’ is something that happened a while ago, so that time lag is a strange thing.”

On how he plans to celebrate: “I guess I’m just going to try and do another good movie. Just keep making them,” he said. “I won’t lie about it, I’ve been down in the dumps; there hasn’t been much to celebrate. It was nice to get a little pick-me-up.”

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