BETHANY, W.Va. — Two distinguished alumni from Bethany College in West Virginia shared the spotlight last night at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Frances McDormand, who earned her bachelor of arts in theater from Bethany in 1979, won Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her role as Mildred Hayes in the film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which also took the top prize for Best Motion Picture – Drama.
McDormand is also one of the few performers who have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting: an Academy Award for Fargo (1996), a Tony Award for the Broadway play Good People (2011), and an Emmy Award for the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014).
She has achieved acclaim on the stage, in television, and on the big screen, having been nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Mississippi Burning (1988), Almost Famous (2000), and North Country (2005).
McDormand received a Tony Award nomination for her performance as Stella Kowalski in the 1988 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. She returned to Broadway for the first time in 20 years to star in the 2008 revival of The Country Girl, leading to a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play.
William H. Macy, who enrolled at Bethany in 1968, was nominated in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for his role as Frank Gallagher in the Showtime adaptation of the British television series, Shameless.
Macy has won two Emmy Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
The Golden Globe Awards are accolades bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association beginning in January 1944, recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual awards ceremony is a major part of the film industry's awards season, which culminates each year in the Academy Awards.
Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.