‘Mary Queen of Scots’: Could Margot Robbie’s surprise SAG nomination open the awards floodgates for historical film?

‘Mary Queen of Scots’: Could Margot Robbie’s surprise SAG nomination open the awards floodgates for historical film?
Margot Robbie (“Mary Queen of Scots”) was among the more surprising nominations last week for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which was a big surge for her film after it had underperformed at other awards season events. Pundits had pegged Robbie and co-star Saoirse Ronan — both Oscar nominees for Best Actress just last year — as major contenders early on this season, but then another film about British royals, “The Favourite,” stole some of its thunder with critics and prognosticators. Is “Mary” once again in it to win it?

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Ahead of the film’s theatrical release on December 7, the 18th Whistler Film Festival opened with the Canadian premiere of “Mary,” which Director of Programming Paul Gratton introduced as a “feminist-revisionist” take and an “acting exercise above all.” True to its title, the film centers on Ronan as Mary Stuart, who navigates the politics
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