Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Allison Janney wins best supporting actress for 'I, Tonya'

Allison Janney wins best supporting actress for 'I, Tonya'

At Sunday's 90th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, the I, Tonya star won the award for best actress in a supporting role.

"Nothing further from the truth", she clarified, in case anyone hadn't picked up on her wonderful use of sarcasm.

The ear-nibbling parakeet named Little Man "elevated my work", Janney said.

She portrays an abusive mother who pushes her daughter, Tonya Harding, to become a world-class figure skater even while she destroys Tonya's self-esteem.

After her win, Janney's Mom co-star and close friend Anna Faris gave her a shout out on Twitter, and others followed suit.

Janney plays LaVona Golden based mostly on watching documentary footage of Harding's acerbic mother.

He'd known Janney for decades, since he met her at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater when he was only 17 (she's just a few years older than him), and had written parts for her before. Thank you to my I, Tonya family.

"I know what it takes in my small way, what kind of commitment it is and what it means to get up at 5am and drive someone to ice skating".

"He wrote this for me to do just that, to show a different side of me and what I can do".

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"I did it all by myself", Janney jokingly began.

In a handsome moment, Allison dedicated her win to her late brother Hal who tragically died after he commited suicide in 2011. You are always in my heart.

Hal took his own life on February 14, 2011 after battling depression and addiction.

When Janney arrived backstage to an interview room to talk with reporters, she promptly removed her shoes.

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.

She threw them off again.

"My parents came to see me in everything I did growing up", she remembers. "I'm happy to have the people at Mom to keep me going and keep me focused". I remember going to Hawaii and going to the top of Haleakala, the highest point in Maui, and the guy taking the tickets up at the top said, 'Are you Allison Janney? Though she has been in Oscar-winning movies such as "Juno" and "The Help", the attention for those films did not revolve around her. "I bow down to her".

Names such as Mary J Blige (Mudbound), Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread), Laurie Metcalfe (Lady Bird) and Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water) were also vying for the title.

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