Allison Janney Wins Her First Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Congrats to the 'I, Tonya' actress on her first Oscar statue.
March 5, 2018, 2:45am
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Allison Janney won her first Academy Award Sunday for her terrifying, terrific role as Tonya Harding's mother, LaVona Golden, in I, Tonya.

"I did it all by myself," the Best Supporting Actress winner joked as she accepted her Oscar. "OK nothing further from the truth. Thank you to the Academy. My fellow nominees, you represent everything that is good and right and human about this profession. You are all extraordinary."

The nominees included Octavia Spencer for The Shape of Water, Laurie Metcalf for Lady Bird, Mary J. Blige for Mudbound, Allison Janney for I, Tonya, and Lesley Manville for Phantom Thread. If you look at the online betting pools, the two front-runners in this race were the hard-loving mothers Janney and Metcalf played. Some called Janney's performance "scene-stealing," but others found her portrayal of domestic violence controversial. Now the Academy has spoken.

Janney succeeds Viola Davis, who won Best Supporting Actress in 2017 for her role in Denzel Washington's Fences.

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