Oscars 2021: Frances McDormand wins third Best Actress award for Chloe Zhao's Nomadland

Before Nomadland, Frances McDormand won Best Actress for Fargo (1996) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018).

The Associated Press April 26, 2021 09:38:29 IST
Oscars 2021: Frances McDormand wins third Best Actress award for Chloe Zhao's Nomadland

Frances McDormand at Oscars 2021. Twitter @chrissgardner

Frances McDormand has two more Oscars. She may hang on to them a little more tightly.

She won best actress Sunday night for her performance in Nomadland, which also nabbed best picture. As a producer on the movie, she collected a trophy as well.

McDormand kissed her director-husband, Joel Coen, and rose from their table inside Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to make her way to the stage for one of the shortest speeches of the night.

“I have no words,” she said. “My voice is in my sword. We know the sword is our work and I like work. Thank you for knowing that and thanks for this.”

In Nomadland, McDormand plays Fern, who hits the road after the death of her husband and loss of her job at a plant that is shut down. She buys a van and seeks seasonal work, meeting fellow nomads and learning survival skills along the way.

The 63-year-old actor now has three best-actress Oscars. She won in 2018 for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and had her trophy briefly stolen during the post-show Governors Ball. It was quickly recovered. Her first Oscar came in 1996 for Fargo.

McDormand won over front-runner Carey Mulligan of Promising Young Woman and Viola Davis of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Andra Day of The United States vs Billie Holiday and Vanessa Kirby of Pieces of a Woman were first-time nominees.

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