REVIEW: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Image: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Chris Luckett

In a just world, Frances McDormand would have the cult-like adoration other living legends like Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren do. Her performances are consistently things of brilliance. When the movies are weak, she’s the best thing about them; when they’re strong, it just makes her up her game.

Between her performances in Blood Simple, Mississippi Burning, Fargo, Almost Famous, Wonder Boys, North Country, and Olive Kitteridge, it was incredibly unlikely she could give a performance that surpassed them all. Then Martin McDonagh wrote Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

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SPECIAL: The Performances Oscar Forgot

Photo: Roadside Attractions

Photo: Roadside Attractions

Chris Luckett

This year, almost all the actors nominated for Oscars truly deserved the nods. Even so, there were many brilliant performances that didn’t get any attention from the Academy. These ten (listed in alphabetical order) all deserve just as much attention as the twenty actors ultimately nominated for Oscars this year.

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