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.