Most winners at Sunday night’s 90th Academy Awards began their speeches with a laundry list of names to thank. Allison Janney went a different route.
“I did it all by myself,” she quipped.
The Boston-born artist, who won best actress in a supporting role for her portrayal of Tonya Harding’s abusive mother in “I, Tonya,” quickly followed up by saying there was “nothing further from the truth.” Janney then thanked the Academy and the four other women in her category.
“My fellow nominees, you represent everything that is good and right and human about this profession,” she said. “You are all extraordinary.”
Other thank-yous went out to her friends, family, and “I, Tonya” cast and crew — including the bird her character sports on her shoulder during the film.
Before leaving the stage, Janney remembered her brother, Henry “Hal” Janney, who died in 2011 after battling addiction and depression.
“This is for Hal,” Janney said. “You’re always in my heart.”