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‘I, Tonya’

 

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Someone called this ‘Goodfellas for the ice skating world’.  That’s actually, pretty accurate.

Beyond the blond bombshell stuff, I knew Margot Robbie could actually act.  So I wasn’t shocked to see how well she took to the accent and (I don’t even know if this is the best way to phrase this) ‘toned down’ the hot girl act to play this woman who I’m old enough to remember as being the biggest villain in America for a news cycle when I was younger.

As is often the case with movies like this, the thrill comes in the supporting cast (of idiots) that made this woman’s life and career fall apart.  Mark Hamill clone Sebastian Stan gets to do more acting than I can remember him doing outside of a Marvel movie as Jeff Gilooly, playing both hero and villain, depending on who’s narrative we’re listening to at that moment (one of the filmmaking tricks I enjoyed most here).

Part of the awards season storyline this year though is Alison Janney, the career character actress going villain here to play Tonya Harding’s mother.  Just enough sympathy to not be a one note character, and still despicable at almost every turn.  Like most TV/film people, I’ve been a fan of hers since the West Wing.  I’d love to see her win.

Doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but fun film nevertheless.

 

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(Full disclosure: one of the nominees today is one of my social media ‘friends’.  But that’s really our relationship; haven’t met in the real world as I recall.)

Here are the nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay:

The Big Short

Brooklyn

Carol

The Martian

Room

Who Should Win: The Margot Robbie scene was a little cute by a half in my opinion, but the point of it was very true: a story about the financial bubble bursting just isn’t very cinematic.  So by the definition of ‘adapting’ a story for film, ‘The Big Short’ was the best of the five here.

Who Will Win: ‘The Big Short’ is popular with the right folks, and this is probably the best chance to honor the film.

Who I’m Cheering For: ‘The Big Short.’

Here are the nominees for Best Original Screenplay:

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Spotlight

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Who Should Win: So now this is interesting.  I tell you from experience, it is HARD to write a solid science fiction piece. Based on that I’d say ‘Ex Machina.’

Who Will Win: If ‘Spotlight’ has one of those ‘we’re running things’ kind of nights, it’s starts here.

Who I’m Cheering For: