Sam Rockwell Takes Home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

The 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' actor won for his role as Officer Dixon.
March 5, 2018, 1:33am
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Sam Rockwell won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor forThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, thanking director Martin McDonagh, co-stars Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson, and "anyone who's ever looked at a billboard."

The race was dominated by McDonagh's Three Billboards with both Harrelson and Rockwell holding down nominations for their portrayals of two very different small-town cops. Christopher Plummer scored a nod for his famously last-minute role as billionaire J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World, Richard Jenkins earned the nod for The Shape of Water, and Willem Dafoe brought home The Florida Project's only nom as softie hotel manager Bobby. We thought Dafoe deserved the gold statue for his empathetic role in Sean Baker's follow-up to Tangerine, but popular wisdom said the smart money was on Rockwell's Officer Jason Dixon.

Rockwell was preceded by Mahershala Ali, whose performance in Moonlight handily earned Best Supporting Actor in 2017.

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