Margot Robbie, Lee Smith up for Oscar nods

Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent
(Australian Associated Press)


Margot Robbie should book her Oscar gown and limousine.

Another Aussie, editor Lee Smith, should order his tuxedo.

Nicole Kidman and Australia’s other Oscar hopefuls?

Maybe wait a little.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces its nominees at the unfortunate hour of 5.38am Monday in Los Angeles or the equally unfortunate 12.18am Tuesday AEDT.

Robbie, an Oscar nominee two years ago for I, Tonya, is almost certain to have her name called out in the supporting actress category for her performance in Bombshell.

Robbie plays a young Fox News producer sexually harassed by the New York-based cable TV news channel’s boss Roger Ailes.

Smith, also no stranger to Oscar ceremonies, is expected to get the fourth nod of his career for his extraordinary work on the World War I war epic 1917.

His editing is so good the Sam Mendes-directed film about two young British soldiers sent on a mission appears as though it was shot in one uninterrupted take.

The film, in fact, was shot over 65 days.

It is this type of trailblazing mastery Oscar voters love and reward with Oscars.

Smith won his Oscar in 2018 for another war epic, Dunkirk, and picked up nominations for The Dark Knight (2008) and Master and Commander (2004).

Kidman might sneak into the supporting actress category for her Bombshell performance as another Ailes victim, Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson.

Kidman was snubbed for a Golden Globe nomination for the role, but her Oscar campaign received a boost when she received a Screen Actors Guild nod.

Toni Collette (Knives Out) and Eliza Scanlen (Little Women) are longshots for supporting actress nods.

Australian producer Grant Hill, for the Terrence Malick-directed A Hidden Life, is also an outside chance for best picture.

It has been a disappointing awards season for the period Netflix film, The King, written, directed and produced by David Michod, starring Joel Edgerton, Ben Mendelsohn, Timothee Chalamet and Robert Pattinson and featuring a largely Australian crew including cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, production designer Fiona Crombie and editor Peter Sciberras.

The film has gained no traction during Hollywood awards season and is expected to get another cold shoulder from Oscar voters.

New Zealand should have plenty to celebrate with Taika Waititi’s comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit expected to grab a bag of nominations, including best picture, directing and adapted screenplay.

The 92nd Oscar ceremony will be held on February 9 in Hollywood.

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Joker, the South Korean film Parasite, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Marriage Story and 1917 are tipped to dominate the nominations.

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