Frances McDormand delivers a passionate, distinctive twist in Nomadland.

Frances McDormand’s performance plays a fictional character who has fallen into a real world. She has unique pressures, but not to be underestimated is the fact that she is one of the greatest actresses of her generation. It’s certainly one of her more subdued roles that doesn’t have the same kind of fire as Mildred Hayes in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, or the outrageous folkiness of Fargo’s Marge Gunderson, but also a special display of her impressive reach. McDormand thinks that Fern’s eyes are in real pain, but also fills them with a nail-hardened spirit that not only manifests itself in her desire to start her life again, but also in her eternal kindness.