Friday, February 16, 2018

Oscar Project 2018: I, Tonya

Movie: I, Tonya

Oh hey, timely with the Olympics and all! The attack on Nancy Kerrigan is one of those childhood news stories I remember VERY clearly but was not as aware of the details as I would have been had such a thing happened now, when I read a zillion news stories every day. I thought this movie did a great job of providing a lot of context for Tonya Harding's life without exonerating her or downplaying her culpability, and Margot Robbie and Sebastian Stan were both great in the leading roles - including in the current-day interview sections, which provided a great framework for the whole thing. It was also, of course, extremely funny; I understand why some viewers are objecting that this humor sort of erases Nancy Kerrigan's actual victimization from the narrative, but this wasn't her story (I'd watch her story too!) and overall this movie worked for me.

Availability: In theaters.

Nominated In:
Actress in a Leading Role: Absolutely. Margot Robbie did a wonderful job of inhabiting the familiar character of Tonya Harding without making it feel like a caricature or impersonation.

Actress in a Supporting Role: I hate to say this, because I love Allison Janney and would never begrudge her an award, but... I would not give her this. She did a good job with what she was given, but this was an extremely stylized one-note role with very little nuance or complexity.

Film Editing: Yes, definitely. All the skating was REALLY well done, as was the rest of it in general.

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