Continuing to gear up on our annual march to see all of the Oscar nominated films, Sharon and I went to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at the Century Arden 14 and XD theater. Until January 23, we will be guessing at which films are going to get nominations in the major categories. Three Billboards is on almost every list I have seen as a nominee for best picture.
The film stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage. It follows a mother who purchases three billboards to call public attention to her daughter's unsolved murder.
The film was named as one of the top 10 films of the year by the American Film Institute. It received six 2017 Golden Globes nominations: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Actress – Drama (McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Rockwell), Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score.
As the film was ending, I kept thinking about last year's Manchester by the Sea. The core of both films is a tragic event. Three Billboards goes to some even darker places. I have seen the film described as a dark comedy, but I didn't see much comedy... As Sharon said afterwards, it is not very uplifting or life affirming. If nominated, it is not going to win best picture. It can see it having a chance in the best supporting actor category.