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Sam Rockwell took home the Golden Globe for best performance by a supporting actor in a motion picture on Sunday night.
The Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star won out over Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project), Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) and Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World).
It was the first Golden Globe win for the actor.
“This movie is about compassion, and we need some more of that,” Rockwell said during his acceptance speech. He thanked his “amazing cast” and also director Martin McDonagh for “not being a dick.”
Rockwell, who has done a lot of work in independent films, also joked that it “was nice to be in a movie that people see.”
In the film, Rockwell plays Officer Dixon, a hotheaded racist cop from a fictional Midwestern town who goes up against a mom (played by Frances McDormand) seeking justice for her murdered daughter.
Backstage, the actor acknowledged his fellow nominees, whom he forgot to mention during his acceptance speech. In regards to the topic of the night, Rockwell said, “It is really powerful that women feel empowered to say something. I think they deserve that. The rest of us should just listen.”
He added that men can do their part by not bullying. “The issue is bullying. People have to stop being bullies. It starts with compassion. I think we have been taking a big deep look into ourselves since this happened,” he said.
Seth Meyers hosted the 75th annual Globes ceremony, which took place at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Los Angeles.
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