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So I think this dropped right before the Oscars…

But, very tragically, one of the trailers that played before the movie I saw yesterday was ‘Sam Rockwell is the leader of the local Ku Klux Klan…but he has a heart of gold!’…

So to say this is an evergreen joke is all too real…






Here are the nominees for Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Who Should Win: Hmmm.  I thought the most standout of these five was Dafoe.  A completely different turn than his trademark roles.

Who I’m Cheering For: Dafoe, for the reason above.  Plummer getting nominated is already quite a ‘F*** You’ to Spacey, isn’t it?

Who Will Win: There’s a 10 percent chance that two nominations for Ebbing will split the vote for him, but based on momentum you got to thank Sam Rockwell completes his victory tour.



At least as far as the acting awards go, the frontrunner for a lot of Oscars is still ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’.  Out of what I’ve seen so far, this one isn’t as showy (visually) as ‘The Shape of Water’ but I found myself more engaged story wise.

The setup: when a young girl is raped and murdered in a small Midwestern town, her mother buys up three billboards on the city limits to embarrass the local police chief, who hasn’t brought anyone to justice for the crimes.  Frances McDormand is pitch perfect as the mother, Sam Rockwell is a hotheaded young cop who probably doesn’t deserve his badge, and Woody Harrelson is the police chief in the middle who wants to do the right thing but has his own personal problems.

Before I saw this one, I heard ‘racism’ thrown out there so my guard was up.  In truth though, its racism as a function of the world these people live in, which doesn’t bother me if it’s the truth of these characters (Google Lawrence, Kansas from this past weekend if you don’t have any ideas about what can go down in Small Town, USA.)

Back to the film itself, super casting again on down the call sheet.  Even Tyrion Lannister and Lester Freamon are perfect fits as essentially bit players to the larger story being told here.

I’ll be genuinely surprised if Rockwell and McDormand don’t win for this.




Those of you who’ve seen me backstage or between takes know this, but in true Sam Rockwell fashion, dancing is my default move when I’m waiting to perform.

Last week on set (and I was completely unaware I was doing this), I was just kind of slapping my hands and feet together in rhythm.  Don’t even know what song I had in my mind.

But the sister I was standing next to asked, “Malik, are you a stepper?”

That’s when I became aware of what I was doing.  My response after I got done chuckling? “A lifetime ago.”

This was the intro we used to one of our most popular stepshows, back in the day.