Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS ‑ MOTION PICTURE
Allison Janney ‑ “I, Tonya”
ALLISON JANNEY: Oh, my gosh. Thank you to the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press, indeed, for this. My gosh. None of us are here if it weren’t for great scripts. And I certainly wouldn’t be standing here tonight if it weren’t for a great friend who wrote a great script and insisted I be in it. Mr. Steven Rogers, thank you for this very distinctive, unique mother of a character.
I thank you for that. Margot, thank you for your unbelievable brave, fearless portrayal of Tonya. You set the bar for everyone. I love you. Craig Gillespie, your sense of humor and your passion for what you do is infectious. Nobody else could have done 285 million scenes in 40 days, and you’re a genius. I love you. Tonya Harding is here tonight.
I just ‑‑ I just I’d like to thank Tonya for sharing her story with Steven and allowing him to tell all the different sides of the story. And what I love about this movie. What this entire ‑‑ Sebastian, Julianne, everyone in this movie did is tell a story about class in America, tell the story about the disenfranchised, tell a 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 the truths we all tell ourselves when we wake up in bed every morning and go out and live our lives. It’s an extraordinary movie. I’m so proud of it. Thank you to Neon and 30WEST and AI Films and Tom and Bryan and Margot. My God, Margot and Steven produced this too. It’s ridiculous. She’s a quadruple threat. I don’t even know. I want to thank my team: Chris Hensley , Alonna Rice , Leslie Seiber , Karen Sample Abode , Peter Nelson . And, of course, I owe this all to a little bird named Little Man in Smyrna, Georgia. And I thank you all very much from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.
ALLISON JANNEY: Oh, I forgot my bird on the table. That was not a live bird. I may get a bird now. Q Allison, congratulations. Brilliant performance.
ALLISON JANNEY: Thank you.
Q What was your sense of this woman that you played? Because from our perspective, she seemed not super likable?
ALLISON JANNEY: Yeah. That was a challenge for me. I always like to, you know — I found a way to like her myself, and I had to be satisfied with that. I had to find a way to make her human. I didn’t get the luxury of speaking to the real woman, and Tanya wasn’t much help. She didn’t really know who her mother was and didn’t care and the screenwriter couldn’t find her. I had to go about being a detective, putting together the pieces of a person’s life, the story, and I had to believe that she came from an abusive family herself, had to believe that life disappointed her every turn. I had to believe that she saw an opportunity for her daughter to succeed and do well and, of course, by being with her would take her to a different place in life. And I think she loved her the only way she knew how, and it was not a way that I would condone, you know, for mothering a child. I think she loved her in her own way, and I think she was a woman who had — who suffered and made her angry and resentful and a monster.
Q Congratulations. After seven Emmy award wins, this is your first Golden Globe win. How does it feel different?
ALLISON JANNEY: It feels pretty great. I have been here a number of times and never won. So it feels extraordinary. I feel really proud of this one. I feel proud to be in the film arena and to be singled out for my individual work. I’ve been a part of so many great movies, but never in this way to be recognized, and I feel pretty proud and especially having a friendship with the screenwriter for so many years is extra special and meaningful for me at this moment. It’s wonderful.
Q Allison, what was it like for you working being a woman on this project?
ALLISON JANNEY: It’s funny, I’ve gotten to know Margo better promoting this film. I was rehearsing for a play on Broadway, “Six Degrees of Separation” that I did, and I had no — I literally had two hiatuses. I shot each week four days, and I went back to do “Mom” in reverse and went back to shoot the other movie, and Margo and I had no time to spend hanging out and getting — when she wasn’t working onset with me in a scene, she was preparing for the next scene or working on her accent or working on — she had so much on her plate, and I just watched her and admired her courage in all of this. I can’t even imagine taking just a story, Margo not knowing this was a real story. Gosh, this is a crazy story. How did you come up with it? And it’s actually a true story. And I just love her bravery, taking on an American iconic sports figure, Tonya, just watching her tear it up. She’s an extraordinary woman. I loved watching her. I have so much admiration for her.
Q Thank you. Hello, Allison. Directly in front of you. Have you — obviously we saw Tonya just recently did an interview. Has she reached out to anybody on the cast or anything about this movie, and does she have the support of the film being produced?
ALLISON JANNEY: Tonya is here tonight. She’s at my table.
Q Is she?
ALLISON JANNEY: Yeah. She’s totally sitting at our table. She loves the movie. I don’t think she loves all of it, as she told Steven. She spent time with Steven Rogers, and she agreed to let him take her story and tell other character stories from their point of view, but I think she’s pretty proud of it. I think she should be. I think that — I mean, we don’t exonerate her, but I think she comes out looking okay. I think people have a lot more understanding and compassion and empathy for her, what she went through and what she was up against and what she achieved in spite of it. She is — I think she’s a huge supporter, and she’s out there tonight. I should have brought her back here with me.
Q The times initiative has been huge tonight here at the Golden Globes. There is some concern. I’ve seen some reports that things may just go back to the old days, the way they were, to the boys club, so on and so forth. What is it going to take to create sustained change?
ALLISON JANNEY: Well, I was just talking about this with some other friends of mine saying how I don’t know if it will ever be able to end abuse and sexual harassment, but I think that people now will be — there will be repercussions for that kind of behavior. People will be held accountable for it. I think with these times, the funds they are creating is going to help people who might not have access to legal defense, get counsel, and I just think there will be more accountability. I don’t think we can ever eradicate the abuses of power. This has been around since the beginning of all time, but I just think it just won’t be tolerated anymore. And hopefully the repercussions for it will make people think twice or go get help, you know. That’s what I’m hoping.
Q Thank you. Kevin Watson sends his love. But first, I wanted to ask, you were talking about times up and this whole movement that’s going on right now. Where do you feel “I, Tonya” and the sort of different type of abuse that’s showcased in this film fits into the conversation and the movement?
ALLISON JANNEY: Well, I was sort of talking about Tonya’s — you know, how she was not embraced for her individuality. She didn’t fit in. She watched the figure skating world wanting her to be who they wanted her to be, what they wanted her to wear, to look like, to act like, and that’s a shame that she was not appreciated for that, that she struggled to fit in. And I think I’m losing myself here in the lights because I get — you know, the film looks at people who are disenfranchised, people who aren’t represented, who aren’t — I think the time’s up movement is an extraordinary step in terms of accountability. And I’m sorry. I’m completely — this is a terrible answer I’m giving to this question. I sort of started getting lost in Kevin Watson and what’s going on out there, and I’m sort of lost in your question. Do you want to ask it again? Because I really fucked that up.
Q It was just how —
ALLISON JANNEY: Seriously.
Q — how the different types of abuse —
ALLISON JANNEY: It’s gone. I’m gone.
Q — showcased in this film at large?
ALLISON JANNEY: Okay. I feel should I answer any part of that question?
ALLISON JANNEY: I was more interested in Tonya and what she had to go through and what she was up against and what she achieved, what she was up against. She was just not embraced, and they did not let her be who she was, and I think — I don’t know if it has something to do with the time’s up movement. People need to be seen for who they are and seen for what they are and not kept back because of what sex they are, you know. It all ties in, and I’m just doing a bad job of tying it up for you in a nice knot. Thank you. Cheers.