Frances McDormand (born 23.6.1957) Frances McDormand is an Academy Award-winning American actress.
Childhood: Frances McDormand was born in Chicago, Illinois. She was given up for adoption and was adopted by Noreen and Vernon McDormand. Noreen was a nurse and Vernon was a pastor. Frances' sister, Dorothy, is also a minister and chaplain. She has another two sisters, all of whom were adopted. The McDormands often moved home; as a result, Frances lived in Georgia Kentucky and Tennessee before the McDormands settled in Pittsburgh.
Frances McDormand attained a BA in Theatre in 1979, after studying at Bethany College, West Virginia. She went on to earn an MFA from Yale University School of Drama, where she shared a room with Holly Hunter.
Music Career: Frances McDormand's first paid acting job was performing in a play written by Derek Walcott, in Trinidad and Tobago. Her film debut came in 1984, when she appeared in Joel and Ethan Coen's first film, Blood Simple. The film also starred Jon Getz and marked the beginning of a long-standing professional relationship between McDormand and the Coen brothers.
Around this time, she shared a house in the Bronx, with Holly Hunter, the Coen brothers and the director Sam Raimi.
In 1987, she shared screen time with Holly Hunter in Raising Arizona, alongside Nicolas Cage.
McDormand also took on TV roles, playing Connie Chapman in the US police drama, Hill Street Blues. In addition to this, she worked on the stage, starring in a production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award.
As her big-screen career developed, Frances McDormand was nominated four times for an Academy Award. The first nomination came in 1988, when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mississippi Burning. The film also starred Gene Hackman and Willem Defoe. Then, in 1996, McDormand won the Best Actress Award for her role in the Coen brothers' Fargo, which also starred William H Macy and Steve Buscemi. Her next nomination came for the Best Supporting Actress Award, this time for her performance in Almost Famous, which starred Kate Hudson as a rock band's groupie and Philip Seymour Hoffman as the revered music journalist Lester Bangs. McDormand's fourth Academy Award nomination came in 2006, again for the Best Supporting Actress gong, for her appearance in North Country, a film starring Charlize Theron and Sissy Spacek.
McDormand has won other awards, for films such as 2000's Wonder Boys, which included such luminaries as Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr and Tobey Maguire among the cast members.
Other significant film roles for Frances McDormand include her appearance in 2008's Burn After Reading, another Coen brothers film, starring John Malkovich, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton and George Clooney. In 2006, McDormand starred opposite Jennifer Aniston and Joan Cusack in Friends with Money, a critically-lauded drama that opened the 2006 Sundance Festival. 2008 also saw McDormand star alongside Amy Adams in the romantic comedy Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.
Personal Life: Frances McDormand is married to the director Joel Coen, with whom she has often worked professionally throughout her career. Joel and Frances have an adopted son from Paraguay, named Pedro.
Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand is set to play God in upcoming Amazon series 'Good Omens'.
San Diego Comic-Con continues to come through with huge announcements, and during Amazon's block of programming this weekend at the event, it was revealed just who would be taking on the monumental role of God in the streaming platform's upcoming series 'Good Omens', based on the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett 1990 novel of the same name.
Frances McDormand will play God in 'Good Omens'
Chatting about the casting, Gaiman explained: "We knew God had to be a woman. We were talking about great American actresses because we knew [we wanted it] to be an American voice."
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Boyega was speaking at a screening of 'Pacific Rim: Uprising'.
John Boyega has come out in support of the prospect of inclusion riders becoming standard practice in the film industry, saying that he thinks they’re “fantastic”.
Inclusion riders have come under the spotlight in the weeks since the Oscars, when Best Actress winner Frances McDormand used her acceptance speech to call on the industry to adopt them regularly. They are clauses in an actor’s contract that demand that projects have a diverse cast and crew.
The British actor, one of the most famous stars under 30 in the world as a result of his recurring role in the new Star Wars films, was speaking at a screening of Pacific Rim: Uprising this week.
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Terry Bryant was released without bail, but has been ordered to attend court on March 28th.
A man who has pleaded not guilty to the theft of Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar at the weekend has been released without bail.
60 year old McDormand won the Oscar for her celebrated role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri on Sunday night (March 4th), after which she gave an impassioned speech about diversity and inclusion in the film industry. It was her second Academy Award win, following her win for the Coen brothers’ film Fargo 21 years previously.
However, her statuette briefly went missing at the Oscars after-show at the Governor’s Ball. 47 year old Terry Bryant filmed himself holding a statuette, and told other guests that he was a winner, before he was arrested.
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Drama hit the Academy Awards over the weekend.
The Academy Awards was quite the dramatic night for Frances McDormand, who not only one the Oscar for Best Actress, but also ended up having it stolen before being returned to her all within the same evening. She most certainly needs a rest after such an emotional weekend.
Frances McDormand wins the Best Actress Oscar
According to reports, a man has now been arrested for grand theft by the LAPD for stealing the 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' star's trophy at the Governors Ball after it was engraved for her. The suspect is a 47-year-old male named Terry Bryant, who apparently had a ticket for the event.
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She had fun exploring the emotions of her character.
It's been more than 20 years since Frances McDormand won the Oscar for her performance in the Coen brothers' 1996 classic Fargo. And she seems to be heading for her second statuette with her thunderous role in Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, in which she plays Mildred, a woman deliberately provoking a small-town sheriff for not doing enough to catch the person who murdered her daughter.
Woody Harrelson and Frances McDormand in 'Three Billboards'
But McDormand shrugs off the Oscar talk. "All those awards things," she laughs, "it's the movie social season! It's the time when everybody celebrates that they're in the business. I was already proud of the work. But it's nice when you make a movie and other people think the same thing and you're not deluding yourself."
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Imagine a world without dogs. It hardly bears thinking about, but in this dystopian look at Japan twenty years into the future, all canines have been banned from society after a bout of a dangerous illness called canine flu. Rather than being euthanised, the pooches are being quarantined and moved to Trash Island where they are left to fend for themselves. One group of four-legged friends includes Chief (Bryan Cranston), Rex (Edward Norton), Boss (Bill Murray), Duke (Jeff Goldblum) and King (Bob Balaban), and they are seriously missing life amongst humankind - not to mention food that isn't mouldy and maggot-infested.
Then one day, a young boy named Atari Kobayashi (Koyu Rankin) shows up on the island with a stolen Junior-Turbo Prop XJ750 aircraft searching for his own long lost pet, Spots. It doesn't take him long to win the trust of the island's residents, who agree to help him search for the dog. Of course, back home, he is noticeably missing and his family inform the authorities. Soon they arrive at the island preparing to take him home, but Atari doesn't want to leave without Spots - and his newfound friends won't let him either. As Atari's search takes them further afield, it becomes clear that there is a much darker conspiracy happening in the nation - and that his dog may be being held prisoner somewhere.
The Oscar nominated Wes Anderson ('The Grand Budapest Hotel', 'Fantastic Mr. Fox', 'The Darjeeling Limited') returns as the director and writer of a new stop-motion animation 'Isle of Dogs'. His previous collaborators Kunichi Nomura, and Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman ('Mozart in the Jungle') also helped write the story. The film, which features an all-star cast, was originally teased by the filmmaker back in December 2016 when he unveiled the briefest of clips from the movie showing Edward Norton's character Rex.
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Eddie Mannix is a fixer who works in Hollywood where he tames celebrities and keeps theirs, and movie studios', secrets out of the press - no matter how big the story. It's not the easiest job in the world, and it's certainly not always the most morally fulfilling, but it's about to get a whole lot harder when one studio, Capitol Pictures, presents him with a major problem the likes of which could be career destroying. They're working on a huge production epic entitled 'Hail, Caesar!' starring Hollywood sensation Baird Whitlock, but things go particularly awry when he is kidnapped and held for ransom by a mysterious group known only as The Future. They want $100,000, and after 24 hours, the studio aren't looking any more hopeful. Mannix enlists a feisty and beautiful female star to procure the money, while Whitlook finds himself in a most unusual situation.
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It was also a good night for ‘Mad Men’s’ Jon Hamm and comedy ‘Veep’.
Last night’s Primetime Emmy Awards saw history being made as HBO drama ‘Game Of Thrones’ took home an unprecedented 12 awards and ‘How To Get Away With Murder's' Viola Davis became the first black actress to win the outstanding lead actress in a drama series award.
Viola Davis was named outstanding lead actress in a drama series.
‘Game of Throne’s’ 12 gongs is more than any other series has won in a single year at the awards show. Among the trophies picked up by the fantasy series were, outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for Peter Dinklage and outstanding directing for a drama series going to David Nutter. The show also beat ‘Mad Men’ to scoop the outstanding drama series award.
Luckily for the human race, dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the Earth millions and millions of years ago after a deadly asteroid struck the globe. But what would the world be like if that meteorite missed the planet, sparing the colossal creatures much loved by children? While the thought might be somewhat terrifying, this is a story about a young Apatosaurus named Arlo who's not such a danger to his fellow Earthlings. After a family tragedy, Arlo finds himself shaken and confused and winds up injured, only to then find himself far away from home. Troubled but determined, he sets out on formidable journey to find his way back to his family again and on the way meets a young human boy, who he is quick to befriend. If you thought dinosaurs couldn't be compassionate and make awesome friends, you were so wrong.
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Frances McDormand - 71st Venice International Film Festival - Olive Kitteridge 1-2 - Photocall - Venice, Italy - Monday 1st September 2014
The multi-award-winning filmmakers will turn their Oscar-winning black comedy into a TV series, with Billy Bob Thornton taking on the starring role
Joel and Ethan Coen will be reviving their much-acclaimed 1996 dark crime caper Fargo for a television audience, Reuters reported, with plans for a Fargo TV series being announced earlier this week. On Friday (2 August), a spokesperson for Fox's FX channel revealed that the filmmaking siblings are working on a TV-version of the Oscar-winning film, due to air on the channel in Spring 2014.
The Coen Brothers are taking their first steps into television
The spokesperson also added that the 10-episode mini-series already has a major acting talent lined-up to star in the film-adaption, with Billy Bob Thornton unveiled as one of the stars of the series. The 57-year-old will play one of several new characters due to be introduced in the new series, taking on the part of criminal Lorne Malvo, who was described as "a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction" in the FX statement. No further cast and character details were announced, however it was revealed that the Coens will be serving as executive producers for the mini-series.
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Estelle Parsons, Frances McDormand and Tate Donovan - Estelle Parsons, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Tate Donovan, Frances McDormand, Becky Ann Baker and Patrick Carroll New York City, USA - on the opening night of the Broadway production of 'Good People' at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre - Curtain Call. Thursday 3rd March 2011
Date of birth
23rd June, 1957
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