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Globes award marks “Three Billboards” as this year’s “La La Land” — the heel of the race

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Frances McDormand accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards (Credit: Getty/Paul Drinkwater)

It was easy to overlook the significance of the actual awards at last Sunday’s Golden Globes. Despite a male Master of Ceremonies, it was a night about women. The solidarity and fortitude expressed through the attire, the activist guests and the heartfelt, occasionally irreverent, speeches, was the show — and it all made for a good one at that. The awards, chosen by the notoriously dubious Hollywood Foreign Press Association, fell into the background.

But as the week went on, the stakes of the big awards handed out at the Globes came into focus. Especially the one for best drama. The most polarizing film nominated for that award — Martin McDonagh’s fiery, racially problematic tale of female rage, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — took the prize. And in so doing, a bull’s eye materialized. As Vulture’s Nate Jones wrote on Wednesday, “With its four wins Sunday night, Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri‘ not only became the Oscar front-runner, it was also officially inaugurated as this year’s ‘La La........

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