Monday, June 24, 2024

Exclusive: Frances McDormand, Oscar Nominee for “Nomadland,” WILL Be on Sunday’s Academy Awards


Guess who’s coming to the Oscars?

Why, it’s Frances McDormand, nominated for Best Actress in “Nomadland.” Sources tell me she WILL appear on Sunday night’s Academy Awards. There’s a strong chance she will win.

McDormand has bypassed all the other awards shows this season like the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild. She’s appeared on the cover of Vogue and in the New York Times, but McDormand has mostly not done publicity for “Nomadland.” She’s left that to director Chloe Zhao, to author Jessica Bruder, and even to the real people who played themselves in the movie.

Otherwise, McDormand has been MIA.

Frances already has two Oscars, for “Fargo” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” There’s a chance she’ll be up for another one next year for her work as Lady MacBeth. She’s ‘over it,’ as they say.

But at least she’ll deign to be there on Sunday. That leaves just Anthony Hopkins as the nominee most likely not to be there.

Who will McDormand’s companion be? My guess is she’ll bring her son, Pedro Coen, if not husband Joel Coen. If Frances wins, she’ll undoubtedly give a memorable speech. Even if she loses, she should be allowed to give the speech.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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