Frances McDormand has won the Academy Award for Best Actress, making the “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star a two-time winner. Though she faced stiff competition from the likes of Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), and Meryl Streep (“The Post”), McDormand’s powerful performance as a grief-stricken mother in Martin McDonagh’s divisive drama proved undeniable to the Academy.
The revered thespian has dominated awards season these last few months, with her Oscar triumph preceded by similar victories at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and SAG Awards, among many others. She previously won the same prize 21 years ago for her role in “Fargo” and has received Supporting Actress nominations for her work in “North Country,” “Almost Famous,” and “Mississippi Burning.”
Earlier in the evening, McDormand’s “Three Billboards” co-star Sam Rockwell was named Best Supporting Actor; the film received a total of seven nominations, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and another Best Supporting Actor nod for Woody Harrelson.
This year’s ceremony, the 90th, took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with Jimmy Kimmel hosting for the second year in a row.