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Why Does Everyone Hate Frances McDormand's Oscar Win For Three Billboards?

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    I know the film is unpopular in general but I was surprised at the amount of dislike I’ve seen for the win here as I thought that her performance was fantastic and that most would agree with that even if you don’t like the film and she’s a pretty popular actress in general. It’s hard but there have been many strong performances that are in bad films that are still justly acclaimed.

    I agree that last year was pretty lazy in terms of voting for the acting winners which was one good thing about this year which had competitive races in three of the acting categories even if it wasn’t all the way leading up to the Oscars.

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    It is interesting how Hilary Swank, Sally Field and McDormand all got backlash for their second Oscars. (even though McDormand had much more time in between wins than the other two.)

    I guess it is too much for one person when others go home empty handed—although funny Tom Hanks’ back to back wins didn’t cause the same uproar.

    Field probably brought some of the backlash on herself with the speech. That year everybody would have been getting a second award (except Judy Davis who wasn’t really in contention due to some bad reviews that she was miscast and also negative publicity about her challenging and fighting a lot with a legend like David Lean.) Redgrave wasn’t going to win again due to controversy and the Masterpiece Theaterish quality of her film. So you were left with the three farm wives and Field was in the best of those three films. Jessia Lange in Country was a powerful performance but it is kind of a lower level almost TV movieish film where as Places in the Heart was nominated in a lot of categories. (and imo a pretty good film. I saw it on the big screen at TCM Festival last year and was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it.)

    Also last year’s total domination by those same four people was so boring and took a lot of fun out of the awards season so I’m not surprised they all get some flack and are considered overrated.

    I, Tonya was odd for me. I was hearing so much about it prior to release that I made the mistake of watching a TV movie about Harding from the time with Susan Clark as the mother and then a parody of the whole thing from MTV with Julie Brown and Stella Stevens as the mother. By the time I saw I,Tonya I felt like I’d seen this all already. Not sure how I’d have liked Robie and Janney if I hadn’t seen those films prior. I didn’t really see anything new with I,Tonya.

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    Part of the reasons McDormand’s win seem polarizing to people is because she was having very stiff competition that year, and except for Streep, I seriously couldn’t tell who was most deserving out of the four (though I think Hawkins had a more difficult task and would earn my vote). And her competitors are either more famous than her (Streep, Robbie) or so adorable in real life that nobody can hate (Hawkins, Ronan). I mean, were she to win in a less competitive year (2013, 2015), or in a year full of lesser-known people (2006, 2016), she wouldn’t receive this much backlash with that decent performance.

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    Just thought of one more thing:

    I was a little confused with McDormand’s behavior during that awards season (admittedly she marches to her own drummer.)

    It sort of seemed like she didn’t want the awards. Remember how at SAG she said don’t forget the young ones? (which was so odd since in recent years the young ones have always beat the older ones)

    That didn’t seem like the best campaign strategy to tell people to vote for your competitiors at a pivitol award ceremony like SAG.

    But then at the Oscars she seemed to be genuinely happy to win and even as they started the category the camera caught her take a deep breath of air like she was nervous. She’s unique.

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    You guys really liked Lady Bird? It was pretty contrived to me and Ronan was indeed quite good but one of the strongest nominees?  

    I’m confident that Ronan was the strongest nominee that year — the Academy audience was living for Ronan’s clip during the Best Actress presentation. I will never get over Lady Bird being snubbed so hard that year. But you could make a strong case for 4/5, I just don’t think Ronan, Robbie, or Hawkins had strong enough career-narratives to beat Frances.

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    It sort of seemed like she didn’t want the awards. Remember how at SAG she said don’t forget the young ones? (which was so odd since in recent years the young ones have always beat the older ones) That didn’t seem like the best campaign strategy to tell people to vote for your competitiors at a pivitol award ceremony like SAG. But then at the Oscars she seemed to be genuinely happy to win and even as they started the category the camera caught her take a deep breath of air like she was nervous. She’s unique.

    Maybe because she had recently won the SAG for Oliver Kitteredge, and also won for Fargo. She had never won a Globe before Three Billboards, and just had one Oscar at that time, so it could be because she wasn’t used to being honored multiple times by one award voting body.

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    I think the Globes doomed Robbie- if she had won there an entire narrative could have taken hold and propelled her to victory which is what a lot of people on here thought could happen. The problem with her winning was also that the public isn’t ready to embrace Tonya Harding as the scandal still seems fresh in people’s minds.Ronan being honored was simply a recognition of her work and as an actress but it did nothing to help her as the role wasn’t much of a stretch in the minds of Academy voters(“she’s 23 years old playing a whiny teenager why reward that?”). Hawkins isn’t well known enough here to win much less for a subtle performance. If The Shape Of Water had steamrolled the competition maybe but even then she couldn’t win. She needed a weaker year for her to triumph.

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    Because she continues to play herself. People loved the character, but if they peeled away the layers there was nothing to this. Did she even have a cry scene?

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    Robbie didn’t lose because of the scandal. She lost because her film wasn’t strong enough. Ronan was due for a televised award and Lady Bird was more beloved than I, Tonya. Allison Janney also took most of the shine from that film.

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    Because she continues to play herself. People loved the character, but if they peeled away the layers there was nothing to this. Did she even have a cry scene?

    She did, it was the one used at the OScar. One of the only moments her character showed weakness

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    This reminds me how much I hated the acting winners last year.

    Voters had the opportunity to honor Laurie Metcalf, who was splendid in Lady Bird. In my opinion, she stole that film. It was such a beautiful, honest performance. What did voters decide to honor? An over the top caricature by Allison Janney.

    Don’t even start me on Chalamet losing. And Hawkins losing to McDormand was awful.

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    Joe Burns
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    Robbie didn’t lose because of the scandal. She lost because her film wasn’t strong enough. Ronan was due for a televised award and Lady Bird was more beloved than I, Tonya. Allison Janney also took most of the shine from that film.

    I think the scandal was part of the reason the film wasn’t strong enough.

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    there was a scandal?

    I don’t really remember people realistically thinking Robbie would be winning anything

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    This reminds me how much I hated the acting winners last year. Voters had the opportunity to honor Laurie Metcalf, who was splendid in Lady Bird. In my opinion, she stole that film. It was such a beautiful, honest performance. What did voters decide to honor? An over the top caricature by Allison Janney. Don’t even start me on Chalamet losing. And Hawkins losing to McDormand was awful.

    We pretty much the same taste! Metcalf was definitely the stand out in the BSA nominees. Janney was great and was a close second.  I can’t decide who’s my winner pick between Hawkins/Robbie/Ronan. Chalamet should have won.

     

     

     

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    Joe Burns
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    there was a scandal?

    I don’t really remember people realistically thinking Robbie would be winning anything

    The Tonya Harding scandaL which is the subject of the film was what I was referring to not any new scandal that coincided with the release of the film.

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