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Margot Robbie seeks double Oscar nods

"Nick" (2018-03-30)

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Margot Robbie has emerged as Australia's great Oscar double threat.

A-list acting talent Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Jason Clarke, Ben Mendelsohn and directors Craig Gillespie and Warwick Thornton looked like contenders for Oscar nominations a few months ago, but all have faded from view during Hollywood's busy awards season

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces its nominees in Los Angeles at 5.22am Tuesday (12.22am Wednesday AEDT) Robbie could pull off the rare feat of collecting best actress and best picture nominations for I, Tonya.

The Queenslander not only portrayed US figure skater Tonya Harding in the black comedy, but produced it.

"Margot is so fearless and brave and such a rock star," I, Tonya co-star Allison Janney, the favourite to win the best supporting actress Oscar for playing Harding's mother, said at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

"She paved the way for all of us to make courageous choices."

If Robbie does snare a best actress nomination she will have to squeeze out some of Hollywood's most formidable actresses.

Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) are considered certainties for nominations, leaving Robbie to battle for the remaining three slots with Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul), Meryl Streep (The Post), Jessica Chastain (Molly's Game), Michelle Williams (All the Money in the World), Helen Mirren (The Leisure Seeker) and Emma Stone (Battle of the Sexes).

Under the Academy's preferential voting system, there could be between five and 10 best picture nominees.

I, Tonya is competing against Three Billboards, The Shape of Water, Dunkirk, The Post, Call Me By Your Name, The Disaster Artist, Get Out, Lady Bird, Darkest Hour, The Big Sick, The Florida Project, Mudbound and Phantom Thread for the limited slots.

Australia's Lee Smith, editor on Dunkirk, is close to a certainty for the third nomination of his career (The Dark Knight in 2009 and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World in 2004.)

Australian set decorator Bev Dunn and sound mixer Guntis Sics, for their work on Thor: Ragnarok, are in the hunt for nominations.

LA-based Aussie film making couple Sean Meehan and Sam McGarry are strong chances for a live action short film nod for their 14-minute movie Lost Face.

The couple funded the $US100,000 film themselves and battled minus 14 degrees Celsius snowy conditions at the bottom of the Canadian Rockies to make it.

The Academy announced last month Tiger77 Lost Face was one of 10 films, from 165 eligible entries, in contention for the five live action short nominations to be announced on Tuesday.

"For us, an Oscar nomination would mean the chance to do what we've wanted to do our entire lives, to produce and direct feature films and television," Meehan said.

"We've been practising for 20 years and we're so ready."

Kidman, for The Beguiled and Killing of a Sacred Deer, and Hugh Jackman, for The Greatest Showman and Logan, have failed to gain much traction for Oscar nominations.

Watts (The Glass Castle), Mendelsohn (The Darkest Hour), Clarke (Mudbound), Gillespie (I, Tonya) and Warwick Thornton (Sweet Country) have also fallen off the Oscar radar.

The Academy Awards ceremony will be on March 4.

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