Best actress winner Frances McDormand explains why she’s not wearing black in her acceptance speech

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  • She also alluded to Three Billboards-style protests against government after the Grenfell fire and the Florida shooting

    As predicted, #TimesUp dominated the conversation at Sunday night’s BAFTA awards.

    Stars took to the red carpet in an array of black outfits, while feminist protest group Sisters Uncut stormed past security guards with teeshirts reading ‘Time’s Up Theresa’ in a protest against cuts to domestic violence victim support.

    For protocol reasons the Duchess of Cambridge avoided wearing black on the red carpet, but she did appear to nod to the movement with the addition of a black ribbon on her Jenny Packham dress.

    One attendee who also chose not to wear black was Best Actress winner Frances McDormand.

    Accepting her award, McDormand said, ‘Thank you British film people. As Martin said, I have a little trouble with compliance [gesturing to her dress], but I want you to know I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black.’

    She added, ‘I am thrilled that activists all over the world have been inspired by the set decoration of the three billboards in Martin’s film and have taken to the streets and let it be a part of the positive discourse that is happening.’

    McDormand was alluding to the film’s inspiration for posters which were used to protest government action following the tragic Grenfell tower fire last summer. They were also used to put pressure on Senator Marco Rubio after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Florida.

    The Grenfell boards read ’71 dead, and still no arrests, how come?’ while the Florida billboards said, ‘slaughtered in school, and still no gun control, how come Marco Rubio?’

    Three Billboards was the big winner of the night, scooping Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay and (of course) Best Actress. It’s an early indication of how things will swing when the Oscars come around on 4th March.

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