Melancholy and Mother Courage: why Three Billboards won the 2018 Baftas | Peter Bradshaw
Martin McDonagh’s black comedy, which features a powerhouse performance from Frances McDormand, surged to a surprise victory at the UK’s premier film awardsWhat a resounding and rather surprising victory at this Baftas for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which was crowned with best film.
It also got best British film – a little counter-intuitively for a film from an Irish-heritage writer-director, Martin McDonagh, and a story drenched in Americanness.
This is on account of its production and talent provenance: the same convention which a few years ago made Gravity a British film in the eyes of Bafta.Three Billboards is a movie that has snagged, sharply, in the minds of Bafta voters, and they have responded generously to its mix of satire, jagged black comedy and wan romantic melancholy – and they also absolutely loved Frances McDormand’s powerhouse performance in the role of Mildred, which won her best actress.
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