For many voters, the movie's "awesomeness" is self-evident. Seeing a headline for an interview with an Oscar voter that read "Why I Loved Three Billboards and Don’t Get Get Out" was hardly surprising. "Even though it’s incredibly topical and hits on issues of diversity and sexual harassment in an extreme, it is a film that would have still been as powerful two years ago as it today," said the anonymous voter.
In recent weeks, Martin McDonagh has been called on to respond to the criticism of the film. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the writer and director spoke at length about the subject. "It mostly comes from the idea of Sam Rockwell’s character, who’s a racist, bigoted a -- hole, that his character is seemingly being redeemed, maybe,” he said. “I don’t think his character is redeemed at all -- he starts off as a racist jerk. He’s the same pretty much at the end, but, by the end, he’s seen that he has to change. There is room for it, and he has, to a degree, seen the error of his ways, but in no way is he supposed to become some sort of redeemed hero of the piece.”