From left: Martin McDonagh, Peter Czernin, Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand and Graham Broadbent at the 2018 BAFTAs. Photo by Jeff Spicer - © 2018 Getty Images - Image courtesy

Did you see how well the Martin McDonagh written and directed “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” did at the BAFTAs? McDonagh’s film picked up the awards for Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

This year, we saw some serious quality vying for the BAFTA award for Best Film. In addition to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” the nominated productions were “Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk” and “The Shape of Water.”

With there being only one winner in any given category, it is a given various people were going to face disappointment. Did “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” deserve the award?

Did any of the other productions nominated for the same award lack something “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” had? The strength of the field is apparent. None of these productions were of a quality substandard to the category they have been nominated.

Further to successfully picking up the award for Best Film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” also walked away from the BAFTAs with the Outstanding British Film award. Did anyone else know “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is considered a British film?

The film as a thought-provokingly dark comedic edge to the drama that screams British production.


With London born McDonagh pulling double duty as screenwriter and director on the production, this is not the only aspect of the film that people looked at for determining its categorisation. Further, with two of the three production companies responsible for creating the film being British, “Blueprint Pictures” and “Film 4,” there is a strong argument for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” being a predominantly British product. The third of the three production companies, based out of Los Angeles, is Fox Searchlight Pictures.

With six films vying for the Outstanding British Film award, the other five nominees were “Darkest Hour,” “The Death of Stalin,” “God’s Own Country,” “Lady Macbeth” and “Paddington 2.”

While “Paddington 2” is an enjoyable family film, there is little doubt the other productions nominated for the award had a better chance collecting the golden mask shaped prize. It just did not feel worthy of the Outstanding British Film award. It lacked an ineffable quality the other films had.


Even though McDonagh did not pick up the directorial award for helming “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” an award that went to Guillermo del Toro for his work on “The Shape of Water,” the London born director did however garner the Original Screenplay award.

Like other award categories at this year’s BAFTAs, there was some serious players in contention for the prize. Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor; Jordan Peele, Steven Rogers and Greta Gerwig were all nominated for the award. Their work on “The Shape of Water,” “Get Out,” “I, Tonya” and “Lady Bird,” respectively, was indeed exemplary.

There is no doubt Frances McDormand earned the Best Actress in a Leading Role. He performance as Mildred was spectacular. She dominated every scene.

With Annette Bening, Margot Robbie, Sally Hawkins and Saoirse Ronan nominated for their performances in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” “I, Tonya;” “The Shape of Water” and “Lady Bird,” respectively, the field of talent vying for the same award was formidably strong.

Each of the nominated actresses turned in performances worthy of the award. Evidently, a clinching detail of minute proportions, McDormand’s performance had something the other actresses lacked.


While it was Sam Rockwell that successful collected the Best Actor in a Supporting Role award, part of me considers the performance Woody Harrelson provided for the production was every bit as compelling as the winner’s portrayal.


In addition to Rockwell and Harrelson, the other actors seeking the Supporting Actor award were Christopher Plummer, Hugh Grant and Willem Dafoe for their performances in “All the Money in the World,” “Paddington 2” and “The Florida Project,” respectively.

With only five persons nominated for the Supporting Actor award at both the BAFTAs and at the Academy Awards, one should question why it is two actors from the same production had been nominated for the same award.

Should there not have been a supporting actor from five different productions considered for the award? With two actors from the same film up for the same BAFTA, disappointment for one of the actors was always a given.

Like that seen with the BAFTAs, both Rockwell and Harrelson are in contention for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Could we see a repeat of the BAFTAs or will Harrelson be recognised for his performance?