Frances McDormand stands with all female nominees (literally) during Best Actress acceptance speech

Frances McDormand actually looked visibly upset when her name was called for the Best Actress award at tonight’s Oscars, but luckily she managed to get over her shock rather quickly because, as she said, she had some stuff to say. McDormand did the usual thanks and call-outs, but then she put her Oscar down and called…

It’s Frances McDormand’s award to lose in the Oscar race for Best Actress

The 90th Academy Awards will air this Sunday, March 4, and Film Club is counting down the days leading up to the ceremony with an examination of this year’s major categories. Each day, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky is breaking down a category and giving us their picks for who …

Are the detractors right about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri?

The Oscars are less than a month away, but there are a handful of films from this year’s Best Picture lineup we haven’t covered on Film Club. So we’re catching up with these contenders in a few special-edition episodes. Today, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky argue the merits of …

Will Three Billboards get swept to victory on a wave of righteous anger or drown in its backlash?

If there were any doubts remaining that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the most divisive film of last year that got mostly glowing reviews, Sunday night’s Golden Globes—or, perhaps more accurately, the response to them on Twitter—decisively dispelled them. The backlash against Martin McDonagh’s gabby…

Frances McDormand isn't explaining herself in an exclusive clip from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

One of the pleasures of Martin McDonaugh’s new drama, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is getting to see Frances McDormand spar with just about every other actor on screen. McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, a bereaved mother waging war on the small-town police department that’s failed to solve her daughter’s…

The unpredictable Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri pits Frances McDormand against the world

On a lonely backstretch of road largely unused since the highway was built, a message appears in big black letters, spread across three bright red canvases. “Raped While Dying,” the first reads. “And Still No Arrests?” goes the second. And finally: “How Come, Chief Willoughby?” This is the doing of one Mildred Hayes…