2017 ( USA ) ( Biography, Comedy, Drama )
DIRECTOR: Craig Gillespie
STARRING: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
A Member’s Choice Film. Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) was probably one of the most gifted ice skaters the world has seen. Her triple axel with double toe loop was a wondrous sight. But any appreciation of her talent has long been eclipsed by her notoriety. In 1994 her great skating rival Nancy Kerrigan was subjected to a vicious attack and at the time it was hard to determine the level of Harding’s involvement. But after that no one was talking about her skating prowess.
I, Tonya offers the kind of story you could not possibly make up – a tale of crime and punishment, class and poverty, pride and prejudice. In the end it feels as if Harding never stood a chance with everything that was stacked against her, especially that cruel mother. But Robbie never plays her as a victim. Instead she invests her with all the determination and grit of a born survivor who takes all the blows and still comes out fighting. It is a gutsy performance that deservedly earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination.