Jolie’s “Father,” Robbie’s “Tonya” Try For Awards

Two of the more well-received films on the Fall film festival circuit have suddenly entered this year’s awards race.

First up, and after three all-night negotiations, Neon and 30WEST are teaming on North American distribution on “I, Tonya,” the Craig Gillespie-directed R-rated black comedy starring Margot Robbie as infamous Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding.

The deal, done for around $5 million and beating out the likes of Netflix and Annapurna, is said to ensure that the movie will make a strong play come Oscar season reports Deadline.

The film will score an awards-qualifying run at year’s end before slowly rolling out to likely have its widest release to time with the Winter Olympics in February. Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney co-star in the film which has scored stellar reviews comparing it to “Fargo” and “To Die For”.

Coming far sooner though will be Angelina Jolie’s new directorial effort “First They Killed My Father” which will now open in ten U.S. theaters this Friday – the same day it launches globally on Netflix.

The thriller chronicles the journey of a childhood survivor of the Pol Pot regime during the Khmer Rouge years in Cambodia. The movie premiered at Telluride to strong reviews earlier this week and screens tonight at Toronto.