Allison Janney wins best supporting actress Oscar for I, Tonya

Tonya Becker
March 6, 2018

Allison Janney went a different route.

"Nothing further from the truth", she continued.

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

While she's won seven Emmy awards (including four for The West Wing) and been twice nominated for Tonys for her work on Broadway, this is the first time - at 58 - that she's really been in the spotlight in Oscar season. Second, Janney was to play LaVona Golden.

As Forbes reported last month, Janney met Newman and Woodward when she was a student at Kenyon College.


"I never assume anything and I'm nervous and excited", she told Wilkins. "Those scenes helped me find her humanity, helped me find what made her a human being, not just an on the page monster". "I kind of loved it; as much as it was irritating me, it was also fueling me as I was trying to get my side of the story across".

"I did it all by myself", Janney joked as clutched the golden statue for Best Supporting Actress.

Before leaving the stage, Janney remembered her brother, Henry "Hal" Janney, who died in 2011 after battling addiction and depression. They're always happy to see you and they don't answer back.

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

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


She threw them off again.

Janney accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for I, Tonya at the Oscars. "And it's going to be -- I'm going to have a big crash down after this".

Henry "Hal" Janney took his own life on February 14, 2011, after a battle with addiction and depression.

Her recently released movies include Tallulah, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, The Girl on the Train, Minions and Spy.

Luckily for Janney, her good friend Steven Rogers wrote LaVona Golden's role specifically for Janney, "to show what I could do", she said. "I think I started working and was not able to go to those classes".


Janney beat out Octavia Spencer, Laurie Metcalf, Lesley Manville, and Mary J. Blige.

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