Three Billboards director on timely Globes noms: 'It's got a strong female character who doesn't take any sh--'
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri drove straight back into the middle of the awards conversation on Monday thanks to the Gold Globes, which nominated the dramatic black-comedy for Best Motion Picture — Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama (Frances McDormand), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture (Sam Rockwell), Best Original Score (Carter Burwell), and Best Director for Martin McDonagh, who also wrote the movie’s screenplay. How does the filmmaker feel?
“Great, really really good,” says McDonagh, calling EW from the UK. “I was hopeful that Frances’ work and Sam’s work would be recognized because they are so brilliant in the movie, nice to get so many, and also to get Carter Burwell’s music recognized. In some ways it’s a difficult film, so it’s really nice that the Foreign Press has taken it to their hearts. It’s joyful to hear.”
In the film, McDormand plays a grieving mother who pays for advertisements which blame Woody Harrelson’s police chief for failing to find the man who raped and killed her daughter. The subject matter could hardly be more timely given recent events.
“It strangely does feel like it’s tapping into some kind of zeitgeist I think,” says McDonagh. “Particularly because it’s such a strong female character in the lead of the film, who doesn’t take any sh– from any of the men in the film, and is carrying on a battle where she will not back down. I think that’s a great character to be putting out in these Harvey Weinstein kinds of days. It’s such an amazing character and it’s such an amazing performance by Frances.”
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