Actors Frances Mc Dormand and Sam Rockwell have also emerged as frontrunners in their individual categories, but following the early critical raves and statuette success a backlash has formed. Rockwell plays a crooked, bigoted and downright stupid cop who is prone to random acts of violence and once tortured a black man in custody, an incident his superiors are willing to look past.
Of course, as with most movies, the character is challenged and undergoes changes as a result, and some view his ultimate arc as too tidy of a redemption story that excuses his previous actions in the process.
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has become the darling of this year’s awards season, winning big at the Golden Globes and, more recently, the SAG Awards.
Despite the film’s critical acclaim, however, there’s been plenty of controversy over Sam Rockwell’s character, an unrepentantly racist small-town sheriff, which has earned the film a certain amount of backlash.
Ultimately, the backlash may not be to blame if loses the Oscar for Best Picture, but rather's the Academy's particular voting process for the awards.
He’s the same pretty much at the end, but, by the end, he’s seen that he has to change. And we’re not making films for six-year-olds, we’re not making ‘The Avengers’.That rumours have already begun swirling around Martin Mc Donagh’s Hangmen should be no surprise.Following opening night on Monday, its reviews have been positive and musings of a move to Broadway are almost inevitable.In total, six of Mc Donagh’s plays have made it to Broadway, a remarkable achievement in this era of dwindling opportunities for new works. Nilo Cruz, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Lynn Nottage, and Paula Vogel have each had one play on Broadway.
Admittedly, some of Mc Donaghs plays, like The Cripple of Inishmaan, took a while to make the journey, but nonetheless, they got there. Quiara Alegria Hudes has yet to have a play on Broadway, although her book for In The Heights ran several years.
Writer and director Martin Mc Donagh has now broken his silence on the criticism, admitting that while it stung, he ultimately doesn't agree.“I don’t think his character is redeemed at all – he starts off as a racist jerk," Mc Donaugh told .