Margot tipped for Oscar nom

Margot Robbie may very well be holding her own Oscar next year, as she's generating plenty of Academy Awards buzz for her role in I, Tonya.

 

The 27-year-old Australian actress plays Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding in the biopic, and after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this week, the new flick already has critics raving.

Directed by Craig Gillespie, the film follows the real-life rivalry between Tonya and fellow US skater, Nancy Kerrigan.

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Margot Robbie may very well be holding her own Oscar next year, as she's generating plenty of Academy Awards buzz for her role in I, Tonya. Source: Getty

The memorable incident in 1994 when Tonya's ex-husband tries to sabotage Nancy's chances at the Winter Olympics is also explored on screen.

In a recent interview, Margot revealed she wasn't familiar with the back-story before signing up to do the film.

"To be honest, when I read the script, I didn’t know who Tonya Harding was, and I didn’t realise it was a true story," she told Vanity Fair.

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The 27-year-old Australian actress plays Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding in the biopic. Source: Getty

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Margot pictured promoting the film at Toronto International Film Festival this month. Source: Getty







But proving to be very dedicated to her role, Margot committed to four months of training with a professional choreographer, and even suffered a herniated disk in her neck.

Well it's certainly paid off with the Oscars buzz she's creating.

Also starring the likes of Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney, I Tonya is expected to be released in the US later this year before the awards season.

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