The 2017 crime drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was not directed by either or both of the Coen Brothers. It was written, co-produced, and directed by Martin McDonagh. The key protagonist and star of the film's storyline is Frances McDormand. Others in the movie include Woody Harrelson as Bill Willoughby, Sam Rockwell as Jason Dixon, Abbie Cornish as Anne Willoughby, Lucas Hedges as Robbie Hayes, Željko Ivanek as Cedric Connolly, Caleb Landry Jones as Red Welby,

Clarke Peters as Abercrombie, Samara Weaving as Penelope, Peter Dinklage as James, John Hawkes as Charlie Hayes, Darrell Britt-Gibson as Jerome Kerry, and Condon as Pamela. The film's cinematography is by Ben Davis, the editing is by Jon Gregory, and Carter Burwell does the music.

In the film, a grieving mother (McDormand as Mildred Hayes), furious that local Police Chief Willoughby (Harrelson) has not yet solved her daughter's murder, puts up a series of billboards calling him out.

The movie was a very big theatrical and commercial success. It received 7 Oscar nominations; it won Oscars for Best Actress (McDormand) and Best Supporting Actor (Rockwell). At the box office, it grossed $160 million worldwide against a budget of $12–15 million.

Both of the Coen Brothers (Joel & Ethan) directed "Blood Simple", a 1984 American independent neo-noir crime film; Joel directed "Raising Arizona", a 1987 American crime comedy film; and Joel & Ethan directed "Fargo", a 1996 black comedy crime drama.

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