Will Gompertz reviews Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ★★★★★

Cast your mind forward a few weeks to the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard at around 8pm (PST), Sunday 4 March. Somebody, probably dressed in black with very good teeth, will be opening a golden envelope while simultaneously saying these words: “The Oscar for best actress in a leading role goes to…” He or she will then pause for dramatic effect, pull out the card and say… “Frances McDormand! – for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” This will happen. Her only serious competition comes from Sally Hawkins as the amphibian-loving…

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