Friday, 17 August, 2018

Allison Janney on Oscar Win: 'I Did It All by Myself

Best Supporting Actress for I Tonya onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center Kevin Winter Getty Images
Ella Tate | 06 March, 2018, 02:51

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 accepts the best supporting actress Oscar at the Academy Awards on Sunday. She has won seven Emmys for her roles on the NBC drama "The West Wing" and the CBS comedy "Mom".

"I did it all by myself", she said.

"Nothing further from the truth", she continued.

Janney, who stars opposite Anna Faris in the sitcom about a dysfunctional mother-daughter duo, added: "I'm just happy to have a job to go to tomorrow but this is extraordinary". "I had to give her depth and realise that she had to have come from an abusive family herself", she says.

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"I just wasn't given the kind of roles on film that would give me attention like this". "There are going to be more women making decisions about what movies are made".

Thus the character in "I, Tonya" is based on an amalgamation of interviews, documentary footage from 1986 (in which LaVona conducts her interview with a bird on her shoulder), stories from Harding and Gillooly and some artistic license. With an arts background - her mother Macy performed in theatre; her father Jervis played jazz - Janney veered towards acting. Janney, who explained that she "did not see this coming", also took a moment to thank her fellow nominees, "You represent everything that is good and right and human". You are always in my heart. "At a certain point I had given up thinking this could happen to me".

"She worked her butt off for this movie and it shows".

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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