Tonya Harding, left, and Margot Robbie arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "I, Tonya" at the Egyptian Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Jordan Strauss

Oscar nominated biopic starts Friday

Published Feb 8, 2018 at 4:00pm

Cinema Capitol, 230 W. Dominick St., will present the biographical movie “I, Tonya,” Friday through Thursday.

Based on a true story, the film is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding. In 1991, the talented figure skater (Margot Robbie) becomes the first American woman to complete a triple axel during a competition. In 1994, her world comes crashing down when her ex-husband (Sebastian Stan) conspires to injure Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver), a fellow Olympic hopeful, in a poorly conceived attack. Harding’s life and legacy instantly become tarnished as she’s forever associated with one of the most infamous scandals in sports history. The movie also stars Mckenna Grace as young Tonya, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale and Julianne Nicholson.

At the 90th Academy Awards, the film received three nominations: “Best Actress” for Margot Robbie, “Best Supporting Actress” for Janney, and “Best Editing.” At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, Janney won for “Best Supporting Actress,” with the film also receiving nominations for “Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy” and “Best Actress – Musical or Comedy” for Robbie. At the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards, Janney won for Best Actress in a Supporting Role while Robbie was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

The New York Observer writes “This remarkable movie-factual and funny, always surprising and unconventionally written, directed and acted-sets the record straight with an adrenalin rush that overwhelms the senses.” NPR writes that the movie is “the triple axel of based-on-true-story movies.

The film runs 120 minutes and is rated R (for pervasive language, violence, and some sexual content/nudity). Admission is $7, $6 for students and military and $5 for Capitol Friends. Tickets are available at the door and in advance from the Capitol Theatre box office (315-337-6453) and online at www.romecapitol.com. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 4 and 7, Sunday at 1 and 4, and Monday-Thursday at 7. The Friday 4 and Sunday 1 show times for this movie will be captioned for the hearing-impaired.