Monday, January 15, 2018
Frances McDormand and her Three Billboards
Having watched the Golden Globes last weekend, I was overwhelmed by the support given to the issue of sexual harassment. Most of the women wore black, and most winners included some kind of sociopolitical statement that mentioned the recent events that have exploded in Hollywood.
I was bothered by Ms. McDormand's attitude during the broadcast, in particular when she went up on stage to receive her award for her fine performance in this film. Was it me, or did it seem like she was still acting? Has she been unable to shed the role of Mildred? Her actions and in particular her facial expressions seem to come right from the film, and not from an actress in a fancy dinner awards show. It made her look like a weirdo, which she may very well be, but I thought that her actions were way too close to her character, and this deep association to one's work is off-putting and dangerous.
Let's hope that when Ms. McDormand goes up to receive her well-deserved Oscar (in this year of the woman, she is a shoo-in to win!) she finds it within herself to be more herself. No need to show us what a great actress you are, this film proves it in spades.