Academy Award-nominated film was shot in NC

January 23, 2018 GMT

The movie might be called “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” but it was filmed in North Carolina.

The western North Carolina towns of Dillsboro, Black Mountain and Maggie Valley helped fill in for the fictional town of Ebbing.

The film stars Frances McDormand as a mother battling with local police who have failed to solve her daughter’s murder. In frustration, she paints a controversial message on three billboards leading into the town. The message is directed at the town’s chief of police.

On Tuesday, “Three Billboards” received seven Academy Award nominations, including best picture, best original screenplay, best lead actress for McDormand and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell. McDormand and Rockwell picked up acting honors earlier this month at the Golden Globes, which also named the film best dramatic film.

Visit North Carolina has put together an itinerary that takes fans to sites featured in the film. Shooting locations included consignment shop Sassy Frass in Sylva, which was was turned into the Ebbing Police Department, and Country Traditions restaurant in Dillsboro, which was where McDormand’s character worked in the film.

“We’re excited about the prospect of film travelers discovering some of North Carolina’s classic mountain towns as a result of the movie’s success,” Visit North Carolina executive director Wit Tuttell said. “We expect ‘Three Billboards’ to join ‘The Hunger Games,’ ‘Dirty Dancing’ and other films that have drawn fans to the locations and the experiences the area offers.”

The movie was filmed from February to June in 2016 and helped create more than 350 jobs.