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Unlike other campaigns derailed by controversy, "Three Billboards" has soldiered on and continued to pick up major awards for the film and its actors.It won best film at the British Academy Film Awards, best drama at the Golden Globes and best ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in addition to a slew of critics' awards and a near-sweep of the major trophies for leading actress Frances McDormand and supporting actor Sam Rockwell. At Sunday's Oscars, it's up for seven awards including best picture.By mid-December a different narrative started taking hold – that the film problematically redeems Rockwell's racist character.Five days after the Times essay ran, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards.As long as the awards race drones on for three months, there will always be an unpopular popular film – ostensible crowd-pleasers that annoy some to death, especially as the season begins to get long in the tooth (like, "Crash" and even "La La Land"). Where other films might disappear from the conversation the week after they are released, awards films are often picked apart until nothing good is left.
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