After five previous nominations for her work on the small screen, Boston-born actress Allison Janney won her first Golden Globe during tonight’s ceremony.
Earning the gold for her supporting performance in the film biopic “I, Tonya,” where she played the abusive mother of former Olympic skater Tonya Harding, Janney took to the stage to give a brief but grateful acceptance speech.
Janney gave particular thanks to “I, Tonya” star Margot Robbie as well as a very special guest in the audience: Tonya Harding herself, in the ballroom for the ceremony. The former Olympic figure skater — famously accused of facilitating a brutal assault on rival skater (and Stoneham native) Nancy Kerrigan ahead of their Olympic competition — cheered Janney on as she accepted the trophy.
Janney was triumphant against a stacked field of fellow nominees, including Mary J. Blige for “Mudbound,” Hong Chau for “Downsizing,” Laurie Metcalf for “Lady Bird,” and Octavia Spencer for “The Shape of Water.”
“I would just like to thank Tonya [Harding] for sharing her story,” Janney said during the speech, drawing applause from the audience. “What this movie did is tell a story about class in America, tell a story about the disenfranchised, tell the story about a woman who was not embraced for her individuality, tell a story about truth and the perception of truth in the media and truths we all tell ourselves. . . . It’s an extraordinary movie and I’m so proud of it.”Isaac Feldberg can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @isaacfeldberg.