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Will Gompertz reviews Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ★★★★★

Will Gompertz reviews Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ★★★★★

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Cast your mind forward a few weeks to the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard at around 8pm (PST), Sunday 4 March. Somebody, probably dressed in black with very good teeth, will be opening a golden envelope while simultaneously saying these words: "The Oscar for best actress in a leading role goes to…" He or she will then pause for dramatic effect, pull out the card and say…"Frances McDormand! - for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."This will happen. Her only serious competition comes from Sally Hawkins as the amphibian-loving janitor in Guillermo del Torro's fabulous film The Shape of Water, but McDormand edges it for giving life to the remarkable Mildred Hayes; a kick-ass, boiler-suited, bandana-wearing working class woman with a broken heart and a raging soul. Mildred is an u