Allison Janney took home her first Oscar at the 90th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, and the actress has a special place in mind for the coveted golden statuette. However, she quickly showed her earnest side, sharing, "There's nothing further from the truth".
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".
The ear-nibbling parakeet named Little Man "elevated my work", Janney said.
The 58-year-old actress cleaned up during awards season, netting a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG Award for her performance in Margot Robbie-led Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya.
This was the first Oscar nomination and win for Janney, who has collected seven Emmys for her legendary TV career.
Janney plays LaVona Golden based mostly on watching documentary footage of Harding's acerbic mother. "I love you very much". "I thought this is exactly the kind of humour that is flawless for this movie".
At the end of Janney's charming acceptance speech, the actress turned serious. "You're always in my heart", she said of her brother who killed himself on February 14, 2011.
After issuing her gratitude to several people, she dedicated the statue to her late brother, Henry "Hal" Janney. "My feet are bleeding", she deadpanned.
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"I'm going to have a big crash-down after this so I'm happy I have the people on Mom to lift me up and keep me going and keep me focused".
Asked what her inner-critic, which she has previously said she uses to guide her, would say to her now, Janney said: "Bravo".
Speaking backstage at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, where the Academy Awards were held, she said of her win: "I kind of didn't dare to dream of things like this because I didn't want to be disappointed".
"At a certain point I had given up thinking this would ever happen to me", the star - who had never been nominated for an Oscar until this year - said.
Luckily for Janney, her good friend Steven Rogers wrote LaVona Golden's role specifically for Janney, "to show what I could do", she said.
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. You all are part of me, this is all - I think we all, you all are part of this.
The West Wing alum bested fellow nominees Laurie Metcalf, Mary J. Blige, Lesley Manville, and Octavia Spencer, humbly accepting the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress during her speech, which was eloquent, funny, and succinct.