The 2017 film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” put Frances McDormand in an elite group of two-time Best Actress Oscar winners. Long before that, she won the 1996 award for her role in “Fargo” and also had supporting nominations for “Mississippi Burning” (1988), “Almost Famous” (2000) and “North Country” (2005).
McDormand is also part of an elite group of actors who have won the “Triple Crown of Acting.” That distinction is given to actors who have won all three of the major acting awards given: the Oscar, Emmy and Tony. McDormand won her Emmy for the HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” in 2015. She was also nominated for another Emmy for her supporting role in the TV movie “Hidden in America” in 1997.
Her Tony award came for her work on Broadway in the play “Good People” in 2011 for Best Actress in a Play. She had previous been nominated in that same category in 1988 for a production of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” which was staged at the Circle in the Square Theater on Broadway. McDormand played the role of Stella in that which is the role that won Kim Hunter a Supporting Actress Oscar for the 1951 film version. She co-starred in the play with Blythe Danner (also Tony nominated) as Blanche Dubois (in the role that won Vivian Leigh the Best Actress Oscar of 1951 and Jessica Tandy the 1948 Tony as Best Actress in a Play) and Aidan Quinn in the role of Stanley Kowalski that had made Marlon Brando a sensation in both the film and stage versions (but surprisingly won him no major awards.)
McDormand celebrates her 63rd birthday on June 23, 2020. Let’s take a tour of her 15 greatest films, ranked from worst to best, featuring all the movies mentioned earlier and more.