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Locally shot ‘3 Billboards’ film leads SAG awards; could it net an Oscar?
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 11:13

From Staff Reports 

 “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” shot in 2017 in downtown Sylva, Black Mountain, Dillsboro and other Western North Carolina locales, is leading all films with four nominiations, the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards announced Dec. 13.

 “Three Billboards,” written and directed by Martin McDonaugh and starring Frances McDormand, was nominated for Best Ensemble (SAG’s equivalent to “Best Picture”), best acting in the lead category for McDormand and two nods for best supporting actors  — for Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson.

The movie also ranks as one of the leading contenders for other year-end awards, including its six Golden Globes nominations and the audience favorite award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It is considered a contender for an Oscar.

As for WNC’s connection to “Three Billboards,’” the downtown where it is filmed is actually Sylva. And police officer Jason Dixon (played by Rockwell) was shot in a crucial bar scene in the Town Pump Tavern on Cherry Street in Black Mountain.

The hospital and doctor’s office scenes were filmed at Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde, while the restaurant scene was filmed at J. Arthur’s restaurant in Maggie Valley. Local residents of Jackson County were cast for background roles. Also, students from the Stage and Screen Department of nearby Western Carolina University were cast as shooting stand-ins for the main actors.



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