Allison Janney and Joanne Woodward Go Way Back

Toby Graves
March 6, 2018

Allison Janney was awarded the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards held on Sunday, March 4 (Monday, March 5, Manila time).

After a long pause and a laugh, she added: "There is nothing further from the truth". "You're always in my heart". The producers then presented Janney with a bouquet of 90 roses - a nod to Oscar's 90th anniversary (get EW's special edition here) - while the actress passed around her Oscar so everyone could snap a picture with it.

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.

Janney has been working the Oscar awards circuit for months, even attending and winning best supporting actress at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday.

The Oscar is the actress' first. "I'm happy to have the people at Mom to keep me going and keep me focused". "I want to look at him for a while when I wake up, and be happy for myself and be proud of what happened". She recently starred on Broadway SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION for which she received a Tony Award nomination.

Janney previously opened up about her younger brother's struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, which inspired her to take the role of recovering addict Bonnie on the sitcom Mom. Janney's dry, snappy performance in I, Tonya was heavily praised by critics. "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.

She was in the race to win the coveted trophy with Mary J. Blige (MUDBOUND), Lesley Manville (PHANTOM THREAD), Laurie Metcalfe (LADY BIRD) and Octavia Spencer (THE SHAPE OF WATER).

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