Margot Robbie shocked by SAG nomination

Margot Robbie shocked by SAG nomination

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Margot Robbie was shocked when the news broke she had been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, a major step toward scoring an invite to the Oscars.

The Queenslander was sitting down for an interview on Wednesday with veteran Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers for America's ABC TV network when her publicist whispered she had scored the SAG nod.

"Oh my god! What?" the Australian actress, captured by ABC's cameras, exclaimed.
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Robbie was nominated for her gritty portrayal of controversial US Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, a biopic she also produced.

The SAG achievement comes just two days after a Golden Globes nomination and cements her place as an Oscar frontrunner.

Robbie was raised on Queensland's beaches, not ice rinks, so spent months training to skate in an attempt to pull off the role as the feisty Harding.
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"When you make the film, you're so worried about actually pulling it off and making it or even making the days or even getting everything shot," Robbie told Travers.

"So now everyone knows - now we know that everyone thinks it's good.

"That's really nice."
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Robbie is up against some of acting's greats for the SAG Award, with Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) the other lead actress nominees.

Hugh Jackman, a Golden Globe nominee on Monday for his role as PT Barnum in The Greatest Showman, was snubbed by SAG, weakening his chances for an Oscar nomination when they are revealed on January 23.

Gary Oldman, playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, is the frontrunner for the SAG and Oscar lead actor prizes while the other SAG nominees are Denzel Washington (Roman J Israel, ESQ), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), James Franco (The Disaster Artist) and Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name).
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Australia's Abbie Cornish and Jason Clarke were nominated in SAG's version of the best picture category - outstanding cast in a motion picture.

Cornish is a member of the cast of Three Billboards and Clarke had a starring role in Mudbound.

The other outstanding cast nominated films were The Big Sick, Get Out and Lady Bird.
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Nicole Kidman, for Big Little Lies, was nominated for the SAG in the outstanding performance by a female actor in a TV movie or mini-series.

Geoffrey Rush was nominated for playing Albert Einstein the mini-series Genius.

Australian Yvonne Strahovski and her cast from The Handmaid's Tale will compete with fellow Aussie Dacre Montgomery and his Stranger Things cast for outstanding TV drama series ensemble.
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The Crown, Game of Thrones and This Is Us ensembles are also nominated.

The SAG Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 21.

The Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for March 4.
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