MARGOT ROBBIE still can't quite believe she's up for an Academy Award.

The star and producer of I, Tonya helms Australia's Oscars hopes, earned a nomination for best actress overnight alongside Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand, Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep.

The Dalby-born, Gold Coast-raised actor jetted into Sydney yesterday for the Australian premiere of her biopic of disgraced US figure skater Tonya Harding, which opens in Australian cinemas tomorrow.

Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie I, Tonya. Supplied by Roadshow Films.
Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie I, Tonya. Supplied by Roadshow Films.

"Honestly, I don't think it's quite sunk in yet," she told News Regional Media.

"It was the most perfect scenario to hear such exciting news - right after my friends and family had all seen the film. We were all celebrating that and right before I was about to go to bed the nominations started coming through. I was in a room with all the people I love in the world."

Australian actress Margot Robbie at the red carpet premiere for her new film I,Tonya at Fox Studios in Moore Park, Sydney.
Australian actress Margot Robbie at the red carpet premiere for her new film I,Tonya at Fox Studios in Moore Park, Sydney. BEN RUSHTON/AAP

While Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's Frances McDormand is firming up as the favourite to win best actress, Robbie's Critics' Choice Award still puts her in with a chance.

But the recognition of a nomination for the film industry's highest honour is already a win for Robbie.

"It's already too good to be true," she said. "I'll be happy if nothing else happens again in my lifetime."

READ THE FULL LIST OF OSCARS NOMINATIONS HERE



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