After months of getting just the sequin-and-chiffon tip of what kind of beautiful depiction or trainwreck attempt Margot Robie would do to the Tonya Harding empire, the official trailer for “I, Tonya” has dropped, and it is GLORIOUS Academy Award material. If you’re Allison Janney.
Tonya previously told Oprah back in 2009 that her mother, LaVona Golden, was abusive and a drunk and was not above dragging her off the ice and hitting her with a hairbrush. We haven’t really known the nitty gritty of what life was like in that Oregon house growing up, but the dark comedy I, Tonya will apparently be an eye-opening reveal into Tonya’s childhood. In the trailer, we see Allison has left C.J. Cregg waaaaay back in D.C. and had no problem turning into the matronly monster of Oregon:
Stop the Best Supporting Actress race right now because Allison gives us the Norman Rockwell painting of motherhood when she rocks a mom-on-the-go’s favorite short ‘n sassy hairdo and doles out bits of constructive skating criticism like this:
“You call that a clean skate for Christ’s sake?”
“You skate like a graceless bull dyke.”
When another mom criticizes her for swearing from the sidelines, Allison very astutely reminds her, “I didn’t swear you cunt.” See? LaVona wasn’t all that bad. She had time to give lessons in vocabulary and bring Tonya to the top of her skating game with the same love and affection Kim Jong-un gives his relatives.
National treasure Allison had to really sink her teeth into this role. Drinking hooch by the ice rink, talking to a bird, and asking your kid and her boyfriend, “you two fuck yet?” isn’t just for the faint of heart. Try and see Catherine Zeta-Jones do that, Academy voters! Plus, the Kardashians won’t think Margot is looking too fug when she randomly does a contour tutorial in the middle of this trailer: