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Aussie Actress Margot Robbie Is Generating Crazy Oscar Buzz

Aussie actress Margot Robbie is generating Oscar buzz after the premiere of the compelling I, Tonya at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Robbie surprisingly finds comedy and humanity in Tonya Harding - the notorious Olympic US skater whose famous rivalry with Nancy Kerrigan ended with the latter being attacked with a hammer.

The film is the biggest acquisition of the film festival, selling for $US5 million.

Director Craig Gillespie's film was the hottest property in Toronto, with many predicting Oscar nominations for Robbie and co-star Allison Janney, who plays Harding's mother, LaVona Golden.

The movie introduces itself as based on "irony free, wildly contradictory, totally true" interviews with Harding and Jeff Gillooly, Harding's scheming ex-husband.

Gillooly and Harding's bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt, became tabloid regulars after they were arrested for hiring an attacker to break the leg of Harding's top competition, Kerrigan, in 1994.

No release date has been announced, but the film is expected to be put into US theatres later this year in time for awards season.


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