Margot Robbie's Tonya Harding movie is officially the darling of Toronto

TORONTO —Could Margot Robbie be skating her way to the Oscars?

The actress debuted her new black dramedy, I, Tonya, on Friday night at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it’s quickly becoming a festival favorite. 

From director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Million Dollar Arm), I, Tonya tells the infamous story of the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan scandal by “interviewing” those involved including Harding (Robbie), her tough-as-nails mother LaVona Golden (Allison Janney) and Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan).

The docu-style film, which vacillates between reveling in the idiocy of the Kerrigan crime and the violence Harding was subject to throughout her childhood and young marriage, became a critical darling as credits rolled.

At the Q&A following the Friday night screening, Robbie said she “only spent a couple of hours” meeting Harding, and was afraid to stay longer. “Otherwise I might have too much empathy for her,” she added.

Will the praise be enough to jettison the ice skating tale into the Oscars race?

It’s early, but odds look strong for Robbie and Janney. There’s just one wrinkle: I, Tonya arrived in Toronto without distribution, which means the weekend’s highest bidder will likely have to find a prime fall date to open the film. 

 

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