Margot Robbie tipped for Oscar nomination

Margot Robbie at the Annual Critics Choice Awards
Los Angeles/CA - Jan 11 2018: Margot Robbie arrives for the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards. Photo: DFree, Bigstock

Margot Robbie is expected to receive an Academy Award nomination for her role as Tonya Harding when the nominations are announced on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The Australian premier of I, Tonya is expected to conclude only hours before the nominations are announced with a host of Australians in line to be nominated.

Robbie’s performance as ice skater Tonya Harding has been described as ‘blazing’ and has her firmly in the running for the Best Actress nomination amongst a host of Hollywood stars including Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and Meryl Streep​ (The Post).

Margot Robbie began a quick rise up the Hollywood ranks with her role in The Wolf of Wall Street almost four years ago now. The former Neighbours star is likely to receive her first Oscar nomination when the names are read out on Tuesday.

I, Tonya, is about the infamous 1994 attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan has seen Robbie already nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and a British Academy Award. She has already won Best Actress at the Australian Academy’s International Awards.

Directed by Australian Craig Gillespie, Robbie is also one of the producers for the film which is also being tipped as a solid contender for a Best Picture nomination.

Lee Smith, editor of Dunkirk, is expected to be a lead nomination for the Best Editor category with many tipping him to win it. Lee has previously received Oscar nominations for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and The Dark Knight.

The nominations follow much drama in the Hollywood scene as the #metoo and #timesup movements continue in lieu of the significant sexual harassment and assault claims coming out of the area.

The Oscar’s will be hoping for less controversy this year following last years belated correction of Best Picture after La La Land was originally announced only for it to be corrected to Moonlight.

Last year’s nominations saw Australia come out with a record number of 14 nominations which included nominations for both Hacksaw Ridge and Lion as Best Picture.