Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.was named Best Motion Picture – Drama at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. The category featured some of the most highly acclaimed movies of the year, including The Shape of Water, The Post, Call Me By Your Name and Dunkirk.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has already done well during awards season. Just days before the Globes, it won the top prize at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Awards. It was also named Best Picture by the Nevada Film Critics Society. The film stars Frances McDormand as a mother who turns to desperate measures when police fail to arrest a suspect in the murder of her daughter.
The Best Motion Picture – Drama award at the 2018 Golden Globes was one of the toughest to predict. All five nominees received rave reviews, and they are all very different. The Shape of Water was one of the top contenders with its inspirational story of a mute custodian, played by Sally Hawkins, who falls in love with a mysterious captive creature.
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"The movie is about connecting with 'the other,' " director Guillermo del Toro told NPR. "You know, the idea of empathy, the idea of how we do need each other to survive. And that's why the original title of the screenplay when I wrote it was A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times, because I think that this is a movie that is incredibly pertinent and almost like an antidote to a lot of the cynicism and disconnect that we experience day to day."
But The Post is also relevant to today's society, even though it is set in the 1970s. It tells the story of the Washington Post reporters who published the famed Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War. The pro-media message is particularly resonant in the age of Donald Trump.
"I could not believe the similarities between today and what happened with the Nixon administration against their avowed enemies The New York Times and The Washington Post," director Steven Spielberg told The Hollywood Reporter. "I realized this was the only year to make this film."
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Still, while many see the film as anti-Trump, even the President himself may want to see it. Trump plans to screen the movie at both the White House and Camp David.
Fans of war films, meanwhile, were partial to Dunkirk, a Christopher Nolan production that depicts a World War II evacuation. And Call Me By Your Name, which tells the coming-of-age story of a gay teenager, has been popular among audiences and critics.
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