In recent weeks, Frances McDormand’s name has been cited a lot as among the favorites for the awards season in the USA, which – in a year without a pandemic – should logically have been in full swing at this very moment. The Golden Globes and the Oscars, in particular, were postponed, but the name of the actress has a good chance to appear there: she indeed holds the main role of Nomadland by Chloe Zhao, awarded at the Venice Film Festival and passed successfully. in several festivals since (Deauville and Lumière among others).
Nomadland with Frances McDormand: what is this film that wins the festival awards?
While waiting to be able to discover this film on the big screen in France (it was initially due out on December 30, 2020), France 2 offers us this evening to see or re-watch one of its greatest performances, in 3 Billboards, the panels of the revenge. This role earned him the second Oscar of his career, just over 20 years after Fargo’s for the Coen brothers.
During the 2018 Oscars ceremony, Frances McDormand was also the initiator of a nice moment. At the end of a very enthusiastic speech where she did not forget to thank director Martin McDonagh, Frances McDormand asked the women nominated in all categories to rise from their seats, thus creating a strong and spontaneous feminist moment.
Oscars 2018: Frances McDormand raises all the women named in the room
The face of Frances McDormand remains above all associated with the Coen brothers for whom she has often played, in memorable roles (Blood for Blood, Arizona Junior, Miller’s Crossing, The Barber, Fargo, Burn After Reading, Avé Cesar …). Wes Anderson is also one of his favorite directors. The actress is also expected later this year in previously unseen films from precisely these filmmakers: The French Dispactch, new Wes Anderson, whose release was also postponed due to the pandemic, and MacBeth, produced for the first time solo by Joel Coen, who is also the actress’ husband.
Let us recall that Frances McDormand was also very early on solicited by other directors, who knew how to exploit various facets of her talent: the actress indeed turns as well in entertainment (Darkman of Sam Raimi in 1990) as in political thrillers such Whether Loach’s Hidden Agenda, Boorman’s Rangoon or Alan Parker’s Mississippi Burning – with a nomination for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Frances McDormand, Self-Portrait of an Actress and an Independent Woman
The actress is often noticed by interpreting, with an irresistible punch and fantasy, secondary characters. Mother worried in Almost Famous (for which she got a new Oscar citation in 2001), mistress of Michael Douglas in Wonder Boys and Tim Robbins in Short Cuts of Altman, this anti-star, who returns regularly on the boards , stands up to Robert De Niro in the thriller Father and Cop.
Frances McDormand also plays on her notoriety and has fun fighting against robots in Michael Bay’s blockbuster, Transformers 3 – The Dark Side of the Moon, for which she meets John Turturro, another actor who is a fan of the Coen brothers’ films. . It was also in 2011 that we find her in the film by Italian Paolo Sorrentino, This Must Be the Place, a road movie about a former rocker, played by Sean Penn, who left to avenge his father … More recently, she carried everything in 3 Billboards, broadcast this evening on France 2
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