It’s Frances McDormand’s award to lose in the Oscar race for Best Actress

The 90th Academy Awards will air this Sunday, March 4, and Film Club is counting down the days leading up to the ceremony with an examination of this year’s major categories. Each day, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky is breaking down a category and giving us their picks for who …

Two tough mothers lead a tight race for Best Supporting Actress

The 90th Academy Awards will air this Sunday, March 4, and Film Club is counting down the days leading up to the ceremony with an examination of this year’s major categories. Each day, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky will break down a category and give us their picks for who …

What's missing from our list of the year's best films?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan on getting the seal of approval from their real-life I, Tonya counterparts

I, Tonya examines the early life of former Olympian Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) growing up with an abusive mother (played by Allison Janney). The film leads up to the U.S. Figure Skating Championship in 1994, where her ex-husband (played by Sebastian Stan) hired a man to break the leg of fellow skater Nancy…

Margot Robbie is great, but I, Tonya is still about as sensationalistic as a tabloid

A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss the Goodfellas-biting biopic I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie as the disgraced figure skater. Craig Gillespie’s sensationalist take on the Tonya Harding story covers her life, her career, and of course the 1994 attack on Nancy…

Allison Janney on how she psyched herself up to pretend to hit a little girl in I, Tonya

I, Tonya examines the life of former Olympian Tonya Harding leading up to the U.S. Figure Skating Championship in 1994, where her ex-husband hired a man to break the leg of fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan. Much of the film follows a young Harding, played by the talented McKenna Grace, and how Harding’s relationship with…

Sebastian Stan on meeting Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly

Director Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya centers around former Olympian Tonya Harding, played by Margot Robbie. The film examines her life leading up to the U.S. Figure Skating Championship in 1994, where she and her ex-husband (played by Sebastian Stan) hired a man to break the leg of fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan. In the…

Margot Robbie skates around the diet-Scorsese tricks of the Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya

From the opening minutes of Craig Gillespie’s unreliably narrated, glibly entertaining biopic I, Tonya, it’s clear that Margot Robbie has disappeared into the role of disgraced figure skater and pop culture punching bag Tonya Harding. It’s not a precise imitation: However hard the wardrobe and makeup teams have worked…

Sufjan Stevens pays tribute to disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding the only way he knows how

I’m conflicted about this surprise new Sufjan Stevens song, “Tonya Harding,” which he just released today. On the one hand, it’s got all of the Sufjan-y stuff that I love: that gorgeous voice, melancholy strings, and a sense of sympathetic specificity that he’s so great at. On the other hand, the subject herself—an…

I, Tonya’s stars say they knew almost nothing about Tonya Harding before being cast in the film

Margot Robbie’s new film I, Tonya centers around former Olympian Tonya Harding and her life leading up to the U.S. Figure Skating Championship in 1994, where she and her spouse, Jeff Gillooly, hired a man to break the leg of fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan. Although Harding gained notoriety in the aftermath of the…

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The Disaster Artist and I, Tonya examine failure and cultural punchlines from different angles

The Disaster Artist opens with a series of celebrity talking heads attempting to explain their delight and obsession with the cult movie The Room. Their affection is real, but so is the subtext for anyone already familiar with The Room and its bizarre writer-director Tommy Wiseau: These people are expressing…

The Last Jedi arrives, plus 26 other movies coming this December

So many movies, so little time. Every week brings a new crop of them, opening in multiplexes and arthouse theaters across the nation, and arriving in increasingly high volumes on streaming platforms like Netflix. How’s a voracious moviegoer to keep up? That’s where The A.V. Club comes in. The first week of every…

I, Tonya star Margot Robbie initially thought Tonya Harding was a fictional character

Margot Robbie’s latest film, the Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, with critics praising Robbie’s nuanced, sympathetic performance as the disgraced figure skater. Harding’s story—a lifetime of struggle that led to the sensational moment in 1994 when her…