Allison Janney Reveals Tonya Harding Texted Her on the Oscars Red Carpet


Allison Janney kicked off her Oscars acceptance speech at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night by comically patting herself on the back for her best supporting actress win for "I, Tonya".

After the raucous laughs died down, she said there could be "nothing further from the truth".

It was back to work Monday for Oscar victor Allison Janney on the set of CBS' Mom, but at least she had a bunch of roses and bottles of celebratory apple cider waiting for her. My heart broke a little for her watching these interviews because you can see underneath the denial of the hurt that's there.

Janney then credited her co-stars, the others who worked on the film, her family, and even the bird who almost stole the show from its perch on Janney's shoulder in "I, Tonya".

It's been quite a road for Janney: During her college days at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, she was directed by one of its noted alumni on stage: Paul Newman, who along with wife Joanne Woodward encouraged Janney to continue on with her pursuit of acting. "I'm just happy to have a job to go to tomorrow, but this is extraordinary". "I'm happy to have the people at Mom to keep me going and keep me focused". None of us thought it would go on - not because it wasn't brilliant but because it was about politics and who wants to watch a show about politics? "I'm over 50 and I've been playing some pretty kick-ass women and I think there are going to be more women's roles in the future", Janney shared.

Asked what her inner-critic, which she has previously said she uses to guide her, would say to her now, Janney said: "Bravo".

"I will never be able to repay him", she said.

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").