Hot Take: As well done as this film is, Ebbing, Missouri isn’t a town I would want to happen to pass through. It’s a broken town full of broken characters who are angry and flawed and the film is as thought provoking as any I’ve seen this year. It’s both dramatically gripping and comedically dark.
Perfect timing, excellent casting and a director with clout whose resume hasn’t been recognized the way some think it should might be the perfect storm for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to make a huge splash at this year’s Academy Awards. From a nomination perspective, Frances McDormand is a shoo-in for a Best Actress nomination and the film will easily scoop a Best Picture nomination. Martin McDonagh’s third film could score him two nominations (Best Screenplay and Best Director) and Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson could both find themselves in the Best Supporting Actor category. That’s potentially six nominations for a film that is likely going to benefit as much from timing as it does from quality. Why do I say that? Feel free to read on and find out.Read More →