Oscars' night may be regarded as a time for Hollywood to get dressed up to the nines – but not if you're Shape of Water star Michael Shannon.

While the rest of Hollywood spent Sunday looking sharp on the red carpet at the 90th annual Academy Awards, Michael Shannon took a more low-key approach to the Oscars.

Despite the fact that the film he starred in  won Best Picture he opted to watch the show from the comfort of Old Town Ale House, a dive bar in Chicago.

According to a post on Twitter from the bar’s owner, Bruce Elliott, Shannon watched Guillermo del Toro accept the biggest award of the night for Shape of Water without sound, and with just subtitles.

The reason Shannon wasn't in Los Angeles is pretty practical: he was in Chicago to direct a production of Brett Neveu’s Traitor at A Red Orchid Theater and the play closed on Sunday night.