Allison Janney picks first Oscar for 'I, Tonya'

Rosalie Gross
March 6, 2018

For Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar victor Allison Janney, mom is the word as the actor took home her first golden knight for the portrayal of an abusive, pushy and ambitious mother in I, Tonya.

Allison Janney dedicated her Oscars win to her late brother, who took his own life in 2011.

Allison Janney and her brother Hal attend the Fox Searchlight Pictures' Oscar & Independent Spirit Award Party, Feb. 22, 2008, in Los Angeles, California. She has won seven Emmys for her roles on the NBC drama "The West Wing" and the CBS comedy "Mom".

"It's a pretty hard character and I hope the reason he wanted me to play her was because I would try my hardestto find her humanity", Janney said.

After a long pause and a laugh, she added: "There is nothing further from the truth". Thank you to my I, Tonya family.

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Janney, who exclaimed that she did not see this coming, thanked her fellow nominees and said: "You represent everything that is good and right and human". Her films include "The Help", "The Hours", and "Juno".

She said she "didn't dare to dream of things like this" earlier in her career because she did not want to be disappointed.

Janney concluded, "To my mother and father, Jay, my family, my family of friends... You're always in my heart", she said of her brother who killed himself on February 14, 2011. "I'm just happy to have a job to go to tomorrow, but this is extraordinary".

Roles came swiftly. Gracing TV shows As the World Turns and Law & Order, she made her movie breakthrough in films like Big Night and Mike Nichols's political drama Primary Colors, which proved crucial.

For the Oscar, Janney beat out Laurie Metcalf ("Lady Bird"), Lesley Manville ("Phantom Thread"), Octavia Spencer ("The Shape of Water") and Mary J. Blige ("Mudbound").

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