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NC-filmed ‘Three Billboards’ wins big again, positioning itself for a major Oscar haul

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The movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” was filmed in and around the Jackson County town of Sylva, NC.
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The movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” was filmed in and around the Jackson County town of Sylva, NC.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” the 2017 movie filmed in and around Sylva, N.C., continues its award season march, picking up three more statues at Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles and positioning itself for what’s likely to be a big haul on Oscar night.

Oscar nominations will be announced at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, with the ceremony airing March 4 on ABC.

At Sunday’s SAG presentation, Frances McDormand won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, and Sam Rockwell won for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. The film also won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

That adds to a familiar pattern. McDormand and Rockwell also both won Golden Globe awards in their respective categories, while the film won Best Drama Motion Picture. (Director Martin McDonagh also won for Best Screenplay.)

At the Critics Choice Awards on Jan. 11, McDormand and Rockwell also won their categories, while the film won for Best Acting Ensemble.

Also coming up

Before the Oscars on March 4, “Three Billboards” has another chance to add hardware with McDonagh’s nomination from the Directors Guild of America. McDonagh competes against Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water,” Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird,” Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk” and Jordan Peele for “Get Out.”

The winners will be announced at the 70th Annual DGA Awards ceremony, hosted by Judd Appatow, on Feb. 3.

‘Stranger Things 2’ at the SAGs

“Stranger Things 2,” the Netflix series created and written by the Duffer Brothers (Matt and Ross) of Durham, had four nominations at Sunday’s SAG ceremony but didn’t snag a win. The show’s nominations included Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance nods for David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown (who helped open the show with a story of how she became an actor). The show was also nominated in the stunt ensemble category.

Brooke Cain: 919-829-4579, @brookecain

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