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Does Oscar-nominated “Three Billboards’’ owe everything to the Olsen twins?

The 90th Academy Awards are this Sunday, and one of the frontrunners for its Best Picture prize is Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the tale of a mother (played by Best Actress nominee Frances McDormand) who attempts to motivate the local police force (led by Woody Harrelson) to solve the rape/murder of her daughter by posting critical messages of law enforcement’s efforts on three roadside billboards. Co-starring Oscar nominee Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Caleb Landry Jones, Peter Dinklage, and John Hawkes, it’s one of the year’s most acclaimed releases — and a recent tongue-in-cheek Twitter thread, it’s also apparently inspired by a lesser-known predecessor starring America’s onetime sweethearts Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.