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Frances McDormand deserves an Oscar for Martin McDonagh's superb Three Billboards

13 January 2018

McDonagh's script and supporting actor Sam Rockwell also took home awards for Three Billboards.

Rumours circulated that actors including nominees and presenters where planning to wear black on the Globes red carpet to stand in solidarity in acknowledging the flood of sexual abuse allegations that shook Hollywood.

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To get into the nitty gritty of the plot of this film would be to spoil it entirely but I can say this: whatever you think you know, you don't.

Such a transformation would ring hollow in the hands of a lesser writer, but McDonagh's script manages to sell Rockwell's somewhat redemptive rebirth convincingly while probing what makes people act the way they do, how even the worst seemingly endemic character flaws can be over-ridden in the right - or indeed, "wrong"- circumstances and why basic human decency and respect can be among the most powerful forces for change.

Several films often mentioned as leading Oscar contenders for this awards season left the Golden Globes empty-handed, including "The Post" (which opens January 12 in Asheville), "Dunkirk" and "Call Me By Your Name" (which has yet to open in Asheville).

Films like Lady Bird and The Shape of Water also won big awards and from the other side, shows Big Little Lies,The Handmaid's Tale, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel did well in the TV categories.

Nicole Kidman has been honoured for portraying a victim of domestic violence in Big Little Lies at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, kicking off a politically-charged evening while capturing a best actress in a TV movie or miniseries.

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On the big-screen side, writer-director Martin McDonagh's dark drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the biggest victor, receiving six nominations and four awards over the course of the night.

Tom Beasley takes a look at the winners and losers from the Golden Globes, and what that means for the Oscars... The show was presented live on NBC and hosted by late night talk show host and Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers.

Ewan McGregor won his first Golden Globe for his role in Fargo, and took the opportunity to thank both his estranged wife, Eve Mavrakis, and rumoured new girlfriend and costar Mary Elizabeth Winstead. His main competition seemed to be Daniel Day-Lewis, who has the "final performance of a legend' narrative going for his starring turn in Phantom Thread".

For a musical or comedy film however, Lady Bird accepted the award for best film, while actress Saoirse Ronan won the award for best actress for her role in the film.

The field for Best Picture at the Oscars has been wide open throughout the early stages of awards season, but this victory could see Three Billboards begin to crystallise as a frontrunner for the crown.

Del Toro, Spielberg and Nolan are all nominated for best director, as are Martin McDonagh for "Three Billboards" and Ridley Scott for "All the Money in the World".

Based on the novel by André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name tells the story of Elio (Timothée Chalamet) who falls in love with Oliver, (Armie Hammer), an American academic who comes to stay at his family's home in Italy during the summer of 1983. James Franco won Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in the film The Disaster Artist while Gary Oldman won Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.

Frances McDormand deserves an Oscar for Martin McDonagh's superb Three Billboards