Film4’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri receives seven Oscar nominations

Martin McDonagh’s Film4 backed Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri today received seven Oscar nominations including: Best Picture; Original Screenplay (Martin McDonagh); Actress in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand); Actor in a Supporting Role (Woody Harrelson); Actor in a Supporting Role (Sam Rockwell); Original Score (Carter Burwell) and Film Editing (Jon Gregory).

This follows the film’s triumph at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday where it won three of the five film awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand), and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Sam Rockwell).

Director of Film4 Daniel Battsek commented: “Congratulations to Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and all the Three Billboards Oscar nominees, as well as our partners on the film Fox Searchlight. We’re so delighted that the Academy has recognised so many of the film’s talented creators. This is Film4’s fourth venture with Martin and third to have been recognised by Oscar voters. We’re so proud to have played a part in helping this bold, brilliant filmmaker make British films that are enjoyed by audiences around the world.”

Martin McDonagh’s films include his Oscar-winning 2006 short film Six Shooter (available to view for free on the Film4 website), his Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning debut feature In Bruges (2008), the 2013 BAFTA-nominated Seven Psychopaths and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has been steadily accruing awards and nominations since bowing at the 2017 autumn film festivals, where it won the Best Screenplay prize at Venice and the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at Toronto, following in the footsteps of previous Film4 backed winners Room (2015), 12 Years a Slave (2013) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008). The film won four Golden Globes, three SAG awards, two British Independent Film Awards, has been nominated for nine BAFTAs, seven London Critics Circle Film Awards (more than any other film), three Independent Spirit Awards,  PGA and DGA awards, is one of the AFI Movies of the Year, has six Critics Choice Award nominations, won audience awards at film festivals in San Sebastián, Denver and Leeds as well as at Camerimage,, and has received awards or nominations from critics groups in Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco and Washington, as well as the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the African American Film Critics Association.

The film has already crossed $32 million at the US box office, and £5 million at the UK box office after only its second weekend on general release, through Fox Searchlight.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is financed on a 50/50 basis by Film4 and Fox Searchlight Pictures, with the studio taking worldwide distribution rights. Film4’s parent company Channel 4 Television retains UK TV rights – profits from which will be used to support future British film production.