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Allison Janney wins best supporting actress Oscar for I, Tonya

Allison Janney wins best supporting actress Oscar for I, Tonya

Janney's first passion was ice skating and she had hopes as a teenager of competing in the Olympics before an accident and the realization that she was too tall to succeed ended her dreams.

The 58-year-old actress won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the movie I, Tonya.

Janney beat out Octavia Spencer, Laurie Metcalf, Lesley Manville, and Mary J. Blige.

Janney's LaVona, who is a diner waitress by profession, is a foul-mouthed smoker who can push a young Tonya off her chair and even throw a knife at her adult version in Margot Robbie to prove her point to her daughter.

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Janney, who has had a very successful awards season, snagging a Golden Globe, a SAG, and now an Academy Award, seemed to have a hunch early on that I, Tonya would be successful. The first big award of the day went to Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri (picked by Sam Rockwell for Best Supporting Actor) but the next one was for I, Tonya. [But] without them, I don't know where I would be right now.

Jane Fonda, who went for a striking white figure-hugging gown with sharp shoulders and a geometric neckline, also showed her support with the Time's Up pin.

"He wanted to show people what else I could do, that I could play someone this far away from myself and yet make her real and grounded", Janney said past year.

Richard Schiff, who played White House communications chief Toby Ziegler in "The West Wing", recently described Janney as "the most wonderful talent to grace large screen and small".


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