‘Three Billboards’ Director and Star React to Awards Buzz

Kim Taylor-Foster

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has emerged as the most decorated film at this year’s Golden Globes ceremony, winning a total of four awards. Not only did the Martin McDonagh-directed film pick up the gong for Best Picture, but it also went home with Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor wins for stars Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, as well as Best Screenplay for McDonagh.

FANDOM spoke to Martin McDonagh and Sam Rockwell about the awards buzz surrounding the film, and McDonagh wasn’t coy about telling us he keeps abreast of all the chatter as talk turns to Oscar chances.

“I Google every single thing, to be honest, and as we go from 13th place to 12th place I think yes…!” he said. “For a film like this which is kind of dark and funny and you hope will find as big an audience as it can, that stuff can only help. I’ve been through that process a little bit, and it’s kind of silly but it’s kind of fun too — to go to the Oscars. So I’m kind of looking forward to it, but because I love Fran and Sam so much I really hope that they’ll be recognised.”

Sam Rockwell, who plays local police officer Jason Dixon in the film, offered his thoughts on why awards recognition is important to him.

“I think its great that the movie’s getting recognition, and it’s really exciting. you know what I mean?” he said. “It deserves it, I think it’s a really great film. It’s just nice to hear that. It’s great stuff. I mean, anything that gets people to see the movie and get it out there as much as possible is great.”

If you’ve yet to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, here’s the official synopsis:

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon – an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence – gets involved , the battle is only exacerbated.

The film also stars Peter Dinklage, Abbie Cornish and Caleb Landry Jones. It hits screens in the UK on January 12.

Kim Taylor-Foster
Kim Taylor-Foster is Entertainment Editor for Fandom in the UK. She was raised on an unsteady diet of video nasties and violent action flicks.