With nominations now from the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, and the SAG awards, I, Tonya’s Oscar chances are looking good, but it all started for the film early last month when stars Margot Robbie, Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan, along with director Craig Gillespie and writer Steven Rogers appeared in front of a packed house of AMPAS and key guild voters during Deadline’s 7th Annual The Contenders awards season event at the DGA Theatre.
Robbie, who also was a producer, said she had never heard of scandal-ridden Tonya Harding or the incident in which she caused injury to skating competitor Nancy Kerrigan, and she thought that gave her a pair of fresh eyes in which to view the story. She waited to meet Harding until she had the way she was going to approach the role firmly in mind. Janney, who plays her domineering mother says the role was written for her by Rogers, and talks in detail about doing intense fight scenes with Robbie. Rogers wasn’t planning on doing this movie until he saw a documentary about Harding and husband Jeff Gillooly and noticed they didn’t agree on anything during their separate interviews. That not only convinced Rogers about the structure of the screenplay in which we see the tale told from Roshomon -like different perspectives, but it also gave Gillespie the key to making this very dark comedy.
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