If Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell were to win Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor at the 2018 Oscars, that would make “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” only the sixth film in Academy Awards history to accomplish such a feat. This dynamic duo has already claimed those respective prizes at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, so things are looking good for their chances at the upcoming Oscars.
In Martin McDonagh‘s quirky small-town drama, McDormand’s character Mildred Hayes puts up three controversial billboards in an effort to guilt the police department into solving her daughter’s rape and murder. Rockwell plays racist police officer Jason Dixon who goes head-to-head with McDormand on several occasions. Both performers are frontrunners to prevail, according to Gold Derby’s Oscar predictions. McDormand has 2/1 odds to win her second Best Actress trophy, while Rockwell has 23/10 odds to claim his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Only five previous times in Oscar history has the same film taken home both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Might “Three Billboards” be the sixth? Here’s a refresher on those prior occurrences, for all you Oscar trivia buffs:
“A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951)
Best Actress for Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois
Best Supporting Actor for Karl Malden as Harold “Mitch” Mitchell
Best Actress for Patricia Neal as Alma Brown
Best Supporting Actor for Melvyn Douglas as Homer Bannon
Best Actress for Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles
Best Supporting Actor for Joel Grey as Master of Ceremonies
“Terms of Endearment” (1983)
Best Actress for Shirley MacLaine as Aurora Greenway
Best Supporting Actor for Jack Nicholson as Garrett Breedlove
“Million Dollar Baby” (2004)
Best Actress for Hilary Swank as Maggie Fitzgerald
Best Supporting Actor for Morgan Freeman as Eddie “Scrap-Iron” Dupris
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