Quintin 📽 Philipson’s review published on Letterboxd:
McDormand Marathon #4
The Queen's Third Oscar
To finish the Marathon today, I rewatched her most recent Oscar win: Nomadland. It is honestly better than the first watch due to it's spectacular cinematography and overall message.
In the year 2020, we needed a message about moving forward and self discovery. The person best for this journey is Frances McDormand. No one, and I genuinely mean this, no one could have done this role better. I have always been comforted by McDormand's presence in a film so to have her go through this journey of self reflection after her husband passed away felt extremely emotional.
It's a beautiful film that is best described as throwing a warm blanket on yourself by a fire. It just feels peaceful and reflective. Something that was definitely needed after watching her first three films about cheating, murder, and rapists.
Sidenote: I don't see people mentioning that McDormand's last Oscar winning performance was her hunting down rapists and this year she just beat the equally fantastic performance Mulligan who had a similar role. Just interesting how similar they are.
My marathon is over! Below I just want to share my personal thoughts on the films and McDormand's performances within them.
1. Fargo - 5/5
2. Blood Simple - 4.5/5
3. Three Billboards - 4.5/5
4. Nomadland - 4.5/5
1. Fargo (Marge) - 5/5
2. Nomadland (Fern) - 5/5
3. Three Billboards (Mildred) - 5/5
4. Blood Simple (Abby) - 4/5