Sally Hawkins, Jessica Chastain, Michelle Williams, Meryl Streep and Frances McDormand all had incredible performances this year. But the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star took home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama at the 2018 Golden Globes.
McDormand had one of the funniest speeches of the night. She opened by promising to buy tequila for the other nominees. Then she noted that the Hollywood Foreign Press did actually elect a female President. But she got serious when thanking the cast and crew, and when commenting on the #TimesUp movement that took over the Globes.
"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," she concluded. "Trust me, the women in this room tonight are not here for the food. We are here for the work."
Watch McDormand in the Three Billboards trailer.
Williams actually appeared in two Golden Globe-nominated films over the past year. She starred alongside Hugh Jackman in Best Comedy or Musical nominee The Greatest Showman. But it was her role as Gail Harris, the mother of kidnapped teen John Paul Getty III, in All the Money in the World that earned a nomination.
Nevertheless, she went into the 2018 Golden Globes as a long-shot. Many also doubted that Chastain, who played competitive-skier-turned-poker-ringleader Molly Bloom in Molly's Game, would win. Instead, the main competition was among McDormand, Hawkins and Streep.
McDormand had one of the best performances of her career as Mildred, a grieving and angry mother in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. And many thought it would earn her her first Globes win in six nominations.
"When I was looking for iconic characters in cinema that I might model myself after as Mildred, the only ones I could find were male," McDormand told reporters at the Venice Film Festival in September. "I thought maybe Pam Grier in blaxploitation films in the ’70s, but her characters always led much more with their sexuality, which Mildred doesn’t. So really the one that I latched onto the most was John Wayne."
But Sally Hawkins has been a critical darling this awards season. Her role as a mute janitor in The Shape of Water earned top prizes from the National Society of Film Critics and Los Angeles Online Film Critics. Hawkins even trained with a deaf actor and learned American Sign Language after deciding that her characters unique language in the film would be based on ASL.
Watch Hawkins in the trailer for The Shape Of Water.
"You have a responsibility to the ASL community even though she isn’t deaf and she has her own particular style of language, and you’re never quite sure where she gleaned it from," she said. "I discussed with [director] Guillermo [Del Toro] how she probably picked it up from an ancient 1960s ASL tome she found, maybe in the library of the orphanage. It was never specific and I loved that, I was freer in that way."
Still, others had been hoping Meryl Streep would win. After all, she is Meryl Streep. And her role in The Post as a female publisher in a male-dominated world resonates strongly this year.
"To walk into a meeting at the highest level of leadership and not feel it’s weird that there are all men there, or that there are two women and nine men," Streep told Variety. "That should feel sort of off. Something should feel off, because if you are running a company that serves the population at large, 51% are women."
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