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‘I, Tonya,’ receives three Oscar nominations

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“I, Tonya,” the dark comedy about disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, received three Oscar nominations Tuesday, including Margot Robbie and Allison Janney for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

Robbie was nominated for her portrayal of the two-time Olympian Harding, who was banned from figure skating for life after withholding knowledge of the 1994 Nancy Kerrigan attack.

Janney was nominated for her portrayal of Harding’s mom.

The film was also nominated for Best Editing.

Also, “Icarus,” a film that helped uncover the Russian sports doping scandal, was nominated for Best Documentary (Feature).

Full nominees lists are here. The Academy Awards are on March 4.

“I, Tonya,” was previously nominated for three Golden Globes, with Janney winning for Best Supporting Actress.

On Jan. 6, 1994, Harding’s Olympic teammate Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by a hitman hired by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, in Detroit, where she was preparing for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Kerrigan’s bruised right knee kept her from competing at nationals, but she recovered in time for the Lillehammer 1994 Olympics. Harding won the U.S. title in her absence, so both went to the Olympics.

Tonya and Nancy became a media soap opera in Lillehammer with Super Bowl-like TV ratings. Kerrigan won silver, just behind Ukrainian Oksana Baiul. Harding broke a skate lace in her free skate, reskated and finished eighth.

Four months later, Harding was banned for life by U.S. Figure Skating, which concluded that she had prior knowledge of the attack.

The Australian actress Robbie, who co-produced “I, Tonya,” said she thought the saga was fiction before signing up to play Harding in the movie.

Harding received an ovation at the premiere last month (video here).

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‘Foxcatcher,’ ‘Unbroken’ receive Oscar nominations

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“Foxcatcher” and “Unbroken,” two films about U.S. Olympians, received a combined eight Oscar nominations Thursday morning, including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for “Foxcatcher.”

Steve Carell (Best Actor) and Mark Ruffalo (Best Supporting Actor) received nominations for “Foxcatcher,” based on the murder of 1984 Olympic freestyle wrestling champion Dave Schultz. Carell played paranoid schizophrenic John du Pont, who murdered Dave Schultz, played by Ruffalo.

“Foxcatcher” was also nominated for Best Director (Bennett Miller), Original Screenplay and Makeup and Hair Styling.

“Foxcatcher” and “Interstellar” had the most nominations (five) of all films not nominated for Best Picture.

“Foxcatcher” also earned Best Drama, Best Actor (Carell) and Best Supporting Actor (Ruffalo) nominations for the Golden Globes but did not win any of the three.

“Unbroken,” about 1936 Olympic 5000m runner turned war hero Louis Zamperini, was nominated for Oscars for Cinematography, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

The Oscars are Feb. 22. Full nominees can be found here.

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Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski break down Oscar fashion; Olympians in Hollywood (photos)

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NBC Olympic figure skating analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski starred at the Oscars red carpet Sunday and then reviewed the best and worst fashions Monday on “TODAY.”

Among others, Weir gushed over best supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o.

“Lupita was incredible in that baby blue Prada,” Weir said on “TODAY.” “It was very balletic. The fullness was very dramatic.

“The pressure was so high because she is the fashion it-girl of the moment.”

But Weir and Lipinski didn’t like one thing about Nyong’o’s look.

“The headband,” Weir said. “We’re not in gym class. We’re at the Oscars.”

Weir and Lipinski worked the red carpet as fashion correspondents for “Access Hollywood,” and Weir said on Twitter he was going to an Elton John party.

The dynamic duo weren’t the only Olympians in town.

Bronze medalist figure skater Ashley Wagner went with fellow skater and training partner Adam Rippon as her date:

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Olympic ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White continued their whirlwind post-Olympic tour by making a stop in Los Angeles:

Olympic bronze medalist luger Erin Hamlin found Ben Affleck.

Hamlin was among quite a few female Olympic medalists, such as golden halfpipe snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington and halfpipe skier Maddie Bowman and silver medalist slopestyle skier Devin Logan.

Lastly, it’s important to note that best supporting actor Jared Leto played 1972 Olympic 5000m runner Steve Prefontaine in a 1997 biopic.

Video: Johnny Weir parodied on ‘Ellen’ on SNL