Allison Janney bags an Oscar for 'I, Tonya'

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Allison Janney at the 2018 Academy Awards

The Boston-born artist, who won best actress in a supporting role for her portrayal of Tonya Harding's abusive mother in "I, Tonya", quickly followed up by saying there was "nothing further from the truth".

The 58-year-old actress cleaned up during awards season, netting a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG Award for her performance in Margot Robbie-led Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya. She has won seven Emmys for her roles on the NBC drama "The West Wing" and the CBS comedy "Mom". Janney concluded her speech by dedicating her award to her younger brother Hal.

"My parents came to see me in everything I did growing up", she remembers.

Asked if her day-to-day life might change now that she's an Oscar victor, Janney said she had to go right back to work at 10 a.m. Monday for a table read for her CBS sitcom "Mom". "That's a good start", she said. Her films include "The Help", "The Hours", and "Juno".

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"At a certain point I had given up thinking this would ever happen to me", the star - who had never been nominated for an Oscar until this year - said. "She's this quirky, odd woman with so much anger and so much resentment".

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. What were her mother and father like? "You're always in my heart", she said. With the Oscar win secured, the actress said she was getting right back to work on the program Mom on Monday morning. "I think I started working and was not able to go to those classes".

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

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