Filmmaker's father came from County Galway
Three billboards have been erected in Ireland to mark the win at last night’s BAFTAs for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri filmmaker Martin McDonagh.
Last night saw the BAFTAs 2018 held in London, with Three Billboards… dominating the evening by taking home five awards. McDonagh, who was born in London to Irish parents, picked up Best Original Screenplay on the night.
Celebrating McDonagh’s win, Leitir Mealláin in Conamara, County Galway – the hometown of McDonagh’s father – put up three billboards that read “Comhghairdeas Martin McDonagh”, “Réalt Mór Leitir Mealláin” and “Réalt Mór Hollywood”, which translates to: “Congratulations Martin McDonagh, big star of Leitir Mealláin, big star of Hollywood”.
See photos and video of the billboards below.
Hailed by NME as ‘masterpiece‘, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri won Best Film and Outstanding British Film, with McDonagh winning Original Screenplay, Sam Rockwell taking Supporting Actor, and Frances McDormand receiving the BAFTA for Leading Actress.
Elsewhere, The Shape of Water also performed well by taking home three awards – with Guillermo del Toro named Best Director, composer Alexandre Desplat winning the Original Music award, and the film also winning the award for Production Design.
Allison Janney was named Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya, while Gary Oldman won Best Leading Actor for his role in Darkest Hour – which also won for Best Make Up And Hair for his impressive transformation into former Prime Minister Winston Churchill.