When the Oscars are handed out March 4 on ABC, expect Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” to become only the sixth film in Academy Awards history to win both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor. These standout performances by Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell have already been rewarded at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards, making the dynamic duo odds-on frontrunners at the Oscars. “Three Billboards” is also predicted to win the Oscar for Best Picture, according to Gold Derby’s combined predictions.
If McDormand and Rockwell prevail, “Three Billboards” would join this esteemed list of five Oscar movies that took home both acting prizes:
“Million Dollar Baby” (2004)
Best Actress for Hilary Swank as Maggie Fitzgerald
Best Supporting Actor for Morgan Freeman as Eddie “Scrap-Iron” Dupris
“Terms of Endearment” (1983)
Best Actress for Shirley MacLaine as Aurora Greenway
Best Supporting Actor for Jack Nicholson as Garrett Breedlove
Best Actress for Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles
Best Supporting Actor for Joel Grey as Master of Ceremonies
Best Actress for Patricia Neal as Alma Brown
Best Supporting Actor for Melvyn Douglas as Homer Bannon
“A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951)
Best Actress for Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois
Best Supporting Actor for Karl Malden as Harold “Mitch” Mitchell
In Martin McDonagh‘s quirky small-town drama, McDormand’s Mildred Hayes puts up three controversial billboards in an effort to guilt the police department for not solving her daughter’s rape and murder. This would be her second Best Actress Oscar after previously winning for “Fargo” (1996). McDormand now has leading 2/13 odds to win, far ahead of her co-nominees Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) and Meryl Streep (“The Post”).
Rockwell, meanwhile, portrays racist police officer Jason Dixon who goes head-to-head with Mildred until they finally find common ground. This is his first career Oscar nomination after being an actor for 30 years. Rockwell’s 2/11 racetrack odds gives him the edge over fellow contenders Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”), Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”), Richard Jenkins (“The Shape of Water”) and Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”).
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