Oscar 2021: Frances McDormand, the “anti-diva” who has blown everyone away

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Let’s get it clear right away: no one would have expected that Frances McDormand, at the 93rd edition of the Oscars staged the night between 25 and 26 April, she would have won the statuette for best leading actress. His nomination for Nomadland, the film already awarded at the Venice Film Festival which won the prize as best film and as best director a Chloe Zhao, the second woman and the first Asian to triumph in the category in the Academy’s history, had gone quietly, crushed by the possible triumph of Viola Davis, which for its role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom it would have reached two total Oscars, and the probable reversal of Carey Mullighan who risked winning for the film A promising woman by Emerald Fennell, who took home the award for Best Original Screenplay.

And instead, quietly, it was Frances McDormand who won thanks to the role of Fern, a middle-aged woman who, after the death of her husband and the loss of her job, sets off in her van to America, finding a new meaning in her life (Nomadland will be available on Star, the adult section of Disney +, starting from April 30th). With this figurine the anti-diva McDormand – he doesn’t like to be photographed, he doesn’t like giving interviews and he doesn’t like to prepare speeches – reaches three Oscars (the first two were for Fargo of the Coen brothers in 1996 and for Three posters in Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh in 2017) jogging with Meryl Streep and Ingrid Bergman and shortening the distance with the great Katharine Hepburn, still leaders with 4 Oscars won.

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In her thank-you speech, which perhaps not even she was prepared to face, McDormand suggested that there should have been during the ceremony. a karaoke bar and then cite an excerpt from Macbeth by Shakespeare: “I have no words: my voice is in my sword. We know the sword is our job, and I like my job. Thank you for recognizing him and thank you for this ». Away, fast, painless. The indomitable Frances escapes glory and takes refuge in the shadows where she likes to be, giving life to characters increasingly in line with her rebellious spirit and increasingly in tune with her husband Joel Cohen who directed her in seven films and who shares with her the gift of discretion. To have it.

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