Margot Robbie scores Oscar nomination

By Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent
(Australian Associated Press)


Australian actress Margot Robbie is Oscar bound.

The Queenslander received a best actress nomination on Tuesday for her acclaimed portrayal of controversial US figure skater Tonya Harding in the dark comedy I, Tonya.

Australian editor Lee Smith also received a nomination for his work on World War II epic Dunkirk.

The Academy Awards nomination ceremony brought mixed news for Australia, with I, Tonya snubbed for a best picture nomination and actors including Hugh Jackman, for The Greatest Showman, missing out.

Robbie, as a producer, would have received a second nomination if I, Tonya was named a best picture nominee.

The big winner was The Shape of Water with 13 nominations, including best picture and director Guillermo del Toro acknowledged, while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri received nine and Dunkirk followed with seven.

The Academy, criticised by the #OscarsSoWhite campaign and a lack of female directing nominees in past years, has increased its minority and female membership.

Greta Gerwig, for Lady Bird, and Jordan Peele, for Get Out, received directing nominations.

Aussie film making couple Sean Meehan and Sam McGarry, after surviving several cuts by the Academy in recent weeks and making the top 10 from 165 eligible films, missed out on being included as one of the final five nominees in the live action short film category for their 14-minute movie Lost Face.

Robbie will be a long shot to win the best actress Oscar at the March 4 Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood.

Frances McDormand, for Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, is the favourite while the remaining three nominees include the great Meryl Streep (The Post), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird).

There were plenty of surprise nominations and snubs, with Judi Dench, for Victoria & Abdul, and Michelle Williams, for All the Money in the World, failing to make the talent loaded best actress category.

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri is the best picture favourite with The Shape of Water, after its huge nomination haul, the biggest challenger.

The other seven best picture nominees are Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread and The Post.

Darkest Hour’s Gary Oldman is the favourite for best actor.

The other nominees are: Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name); Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread); Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out); and Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq).

James Franco, a winner of a Golden Globe just weeks ago, was shut out of nominations for best director and lead actor for The Disaster Artist.

It appears he is a casualty of accusations by women of inappropriate behaviour.

The supporting actress category is headed by Robbie’s I, Tonya co-star Allison Janney.

The other supporting actress nominees are: Mary J. Blige (Mudbound); Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread); Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird); and Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water).

The directing nominees are: Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk); Peele (Get Out); Gerwig (Lady Bird); Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread); and del Toro (The Shape of Water).

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