Writer-director Martin McDonagh not only showcases McDormand's full, impressive range as an actor, as she plays a mother whose grief has made her implacable in the pursuit of her goals, but he also lets us feel a vicarious thrill at how unapologetically she steamrolls over anyone who stands in her way.
"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak the truth to the power of those men".
At the end of the day, the Golden Globes is an awards event.
Amazon continued its tradition of success at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony by taking home two awards: One for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in the "Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy" category, and one for the show's lead, Rachel Brosnahan, in the "Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy" category. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was pegged as a Best Drama victor from an early point, and it remains something of an easy consensus pick for those who may struggle to rally around one film in such a packed year. (I have no doubt sure Donald Trump will spit out something on Twitter about it by noon on Monday.) But whether or not Winfrey is considering a run in 2020 is irrelevant; last night, she was the hero the Golden Globes needed: eloquent, rueful but ultimately willing to build the future rather than burn it all down. And in many cases this year, those awards went to films and TV shows starring or created by women and people of colour, shining a light on the very issues the #TimesUp campaign sought to highlight.
Women in the industry have launched the Time's Up movement to address gender disparity and abuse and nearly all of Hollywood - both women and men - turned up in black at the red carpet to show their support.
Three Billboards dominated the film categories, earning Globes for Sam Rockwell for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Francis McDormand for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, Martin McDonagh for Best Screenplay and Best Motion Picture Drama for the film itself, beating out predicted victor The Shape of Water.
The film won the honor moments after McDormand won the Globe award for best actress in a film drama. Even in the run-up to the awards, at a string of pre-parties before the night, actresses like Allison Williams, Jessica Chastain and Nicole Kidman stuck to sombre monochrome.
"My achievements are her achievements", said Kidman.
Elsewhere, Saoirse Ronan won Best Actress for her starring role in coming-of-age movie Lady Bird, beating Emma Stone's portrayal of lesbian professional tennis player Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes.
It was a fact that did not escape Natalie Portman's notice as she presented the best director award, pointedly referring to the "all male nominees". The movie, along with McDormand and Rockwell, will be in the running when Oscar nominations are announced January 23.