Actress Allison Janney took home her first Oscar in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category for her powerful performance in I, TONYA at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony here.
It was the first Oscar nomination for the veteran actress for her as chain-smoking role as LaVona Golden in the film. Her films include "The Help", "The Hours", and "Juno".
"I am going right back to work", Janney told International Business Times and other outlets in the press interview room. "I think I started working and was not able to go to those classes". Second, Janney was to play LaVona Golden.
Interestingly, Janney harboured dreams of becoming an Olympic figure skater, but was unable to realise the dream when she smashed through a sliding glass window when she was 17. But it hadn't worked out yet.
Before leaving the stage, Janney remembered her brother, Henry "Hal" Janney, who died in 2011 after battling addiction and depression. "She loves Dayton and always talks about all the support it gives her". "You are all extraordinary". But Janney was thrilled.
"I did it all by myself", Janney jokingly began. "A lot of that was written in what Steven wrote in the direct address to the camera".
While she may be the most bilious matriarch since Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest, Janney didn't want to make her a monster.
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Making The West Wing, Janney relocated to California after years on the East Coast, but working on the show made her love life hard.
"I know what it takes in my small way, what kind of commitment it is and what it means to get up at 5am and drive someone to ice skating".
"It's liberating to play a character like this and have such a transformation", Janney has said. She still hasn't found "the one".
"I am so happy that I have a job to go to after something like this because it can go to your head", she said. "When someone says 'I don't care, I could care less that we don't talk on the phone, ' it's like, 'of course you do'". Janney then raced through an extensive list of thank-yous. "I thought this is exactly the kind of humor that is ideal for this movie".
"He wrote this for me to do just that, to show a different side of me and what I can do". Five seasons in, Janney recently shot the hundredth episode ("a pretty big milestone"), but surely I, Tonya and this whirlwind awards season will change things for her now? She had a laundry list of questions she would have wanted to ask.
"To my mother and father, Jay, my family, my family of friends..."
So she used Rogers' script as her guide, and so far it has served her well on the road to the Oscars.