Frances McDormand Wins Best Actress at 2018 Oscars for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'
By John Boone
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Oscars 2018: Frances McDormand Wins Best Actress!
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Frances McDormand is now a two-time Academy Award winner, having just won her first Oscar in over 20 years. The Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star -- who took home a statuette for Fargo in 1997 -- won Best Actress during Sunday night's ceremony.
McDormand began her speech with an infectious laugh before deadpanning, "I'm hyperventilating a little bit. If I fall over, pick me up because I've got some things to say.."
The actor then used her platform to encourage every female nominee from every category to stand with her. "Meryl, if you do it, everybody else will," she joked. "OK, look around everybody. We all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don't talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple of days -- or you can come to ours, whatever suits you best." She ended her speech with two words: "Inclusion riders."
Returning from the commercial break, host Jimmy Kimmel declared that McDormand should be nominated for an Emmy for her powerful remarks come September.
Three Billboards earned an impressive seven nominations total this year: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor nods for both Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson, Best Original Screenplay for writer-director Martin McDonagh, Original Score and Film Editing.
McDormand has already had one hell of an awards season, picking up statuettes at the BAFTAs, Golden Globes and SAG Awards, and at each stop, she's thrilled her fellow attendees and viewers at home with her unpredictable acceptance speeches.
"Many of you know I keep my politics private, but it was really great to be in this room tonight and to be a part of the tectonic shift in our industry's power structure," McDormand proclaimed about the Time's Up initiative at the Globes. "Trust me, the women in this room tonight are not here for the food. We are here for the work."
She made a similar sentiment when she accepted her Screen Actors Guild honor, saying, "I come out of the woods every few years, and you invite me to the party. But there are a lot of young ones comin' up and they need doorstops, too. Let's think about that. Bye!"