Women dominated the 75th Golden Globe Awards, from the all-black Time’s Up movement to Oprah Winfrey making the stage her own. Film-wise, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri proved to be the big winner at The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual ceremony.
Frances McDormand won Best Actress in a Drama for her portrayal as Mildred Hayes, a hard as nails and mourning mother determined to bring justice to the unsolved murder of her daughter. The actress beat out Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), Meryl Streep (The Post), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and Michelle Williams (All the Money in the World).
During her acceptance speech McDormand took a moment to highlight the importance of the Time’s Up movement at the event, saying: “Some of you may know, I keep my politics private, but it was really great to be in this room tonight and to be a part of a tectonic shift in our industry’s power structure. Trust me, the women in this room tonight are not here for the food. We are here for the work.”
Another acting award went to Sam Rockwell, who went on to win Best Supporting Actor. In the film, he plays Missouri police officer Jason Dixon, known for his love for alcohol and beating local suspects based on their ethnicity. The win has fuelled a debate among critics who believe that his character is deeply racist within a film that already has violent tones in it.
I think Sam Rockwell is a fine actor, but if the HFPA thinks #ThreeBillboardsOutsideEbbingMissouri says anything significant about race, it's a barometer of just how much progress we have yet to make in that arena of American life.
— Alyssa Rosenberg (@AlyssaRosenberg) January 8, 2018
While the debate continued via social media, Three Billboards continued its big win strike with the film’s director Martin McDonagh collecting the award for Best Screenplay.
Though, the important win for the film was earning the globe for Best Motion Picture (Drama) – beating: The Post, Call Me by Your Name, Dunkirk and The Shape of Water.
Last November I caught up with McDonagh at the movie’s UK premiere in November as it closed the 61st London Film Festival.
On whether he had a particular cast in mind whilst writing the script for the film, he said: “It was written for Frances (McDormand) and written for Sam (Rockwell). [And] I kinda wanted to work with Woody (Harrelson) again, and he hit it out of the park too.”
“It’s good to kinda have like a repertory company of people who you like and want to work with again and again,” He continued.”
Check out my full filmed interview with the director below: