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After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.
This is the latest film from writer/director Martin McDonagh, best known for idiosyncratic works like In Bruges (for which he earned an Oscar nomination) and Seven Psychopaths. Critics consider this to be arguably his best offering, praising the emotional story and strong performances from its veteran cast. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell in particular are seen as the standouts, with many feeling their turns are awards-worthy. The film itself is expected to do very well on the Oscars circuit, riding waves of positive buzz from its various festival showings. In addition to being a legitimate Best Picture contender, McDonagh is a favorite in Best Original Screenplay, while McDormand is a threat to collect her second Best Actress trophy.
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