Leading up to the 90th Academy Awards on March 4th, we’re diving into as many of the nominated films as possible to look at what their chances are for taking home the Oscar. Today we’re looking at Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which is nominated for Best Picture, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Woody Harrelson & Sam Rockwell), Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri tells the story of a mother named Mildred (Frances McDormand) who rents three billboards outside her home that read in sequence, “Raped While Dying,” “And Still No Arrests?,” “How Come, Chief Willoughby?” These signs refer to the death of her daughter. The billboards begin to anger the citizens of the city and cause conflict between Mildred, Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), and Officer Jason Dixon (Sam Rockwell).
Three Billboards is a phenomenal film. It’s also incredibly timely. It’s about a woman who decides that time’s up, and she wants to take control of the situation surrounding her daughter’s murder, taking power from the powerful and bringing to light the truth of her situation. Writer/Director Martin McDonagh has brought out perfect performances by the three leads in the film. Each of them gives, quite possibly, the best performance they have ever done on film. Even the rest of the supporting cast does an amazing job. The film is incredibly solid throughout and deserves every single award it’s won and every nomination it’s received.
As of now, the film is going to take home Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor for Rockwell. There is no doubt in my mind that those three are guaranteed. It would be the surprise of the year if that doesn’t happen. If there’s any change to that, it’s that The Shape of Water will take home Picture, and Willem Dafoe will beat Rockwell for Supporting Actor. Screenplay will go to Get Out or Lady Bird. Editing will go to Dunkirk. Score will probably go to The Shape of Water.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is currently available on DVD, Digital and Blu-Ray. Be sure to keep following Poor Man’s Spoiler for all of our Oscar coverage. The Oscars air on ABC on March 4th at 8pm ET.