Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

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

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

While it's been a busy award season for Janney, who earned rave reviews for her role as LaVona, the tough-love mother of Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, played by Margot Robbie, she said she's grateful not to have a break.

Allison Janney and her brother Hal attend the Fox Searchlight Pictures' Oscar & Independent Spirit Award Party, Feb. 22, 2008, in Los Angeles, California. She won Emmys for both roles in the same year and won a second Emmy for Mom the following year.

"Nothing further from the truth", she clarified, in case anyone hadn't picked up on her wonderful use of sarcasm. "I'll never be able thank him", she added. "You're always in my heart", she said. Other film credits include The Way, Way Back, The Help, Juno, Finding Nemo, The Hours, American Beauty, Nurse Betty, Drop Dead Gorgeous, 10 THINGS I Hate About You, Primary Colors, The Ice Storm, The Object of My Affection and Big Night.

Her recently released movies include Tallulah, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, The Girl on the Train, Minions and Spy. "I am going right back to work and I am so happy to have a job to go to, because this could go to your head", Janney said. She didn't want to go until she was nominated.

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The actor has earlier described her part as a "distinct, unique mother of a character", a role for which she has repeatedly thanked her Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre classmate and friend Steven Rogers, the screenwriter of the sports drama.

As for who she'd like to work with on a future project, Janney replied without hesitation: "Helen Mirren".

The West Wing alum bested fellow nominees Laurie Metcalf, Mary J. Blige, Lesley Manville, and Octavia Spencer, humbly accepting the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress during her speech, which was eloquent, funny, and succinct.

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