It's a night of firsts for Allison Janney as she took home her first Oscar for best supporting actress for I, Tonya during Sunday's 90th annual Academy Awards. After taking in the moment, she added, "Nothing further from the truth".
She also paid tribute to her co-star Margot Robbie, director Craig Gillespie and writer Steven Rogers, as well as "the cast and crew and bird that elevated by work".
The 58-year-old Janney was considered all but a lock for the win for "I, Tonya", a dark comedy that follows the figure skater's life leading up to the 1994 attack of rival Nancy Kerrigan.
Janney plays Harding's vile mother, LaVona Fay Golden.
"This one is in my bed with me", Janney explained, when asked if she had a spot already picked out for her shiny new hardware. [But] without them, I don't know where I would be right now.
"He wrote this for me to do just that, to show a different side of me and what I can do".
"I did it all by myself", she said.
"This is for Hal [her late younger brother, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 49]", she concluded. You are always in my heart.
As for who she'd like to work with on a future project, Janney replied without hesitation: "Helen Mirren".
She threw them off again. "My fellow nominees, you represent everything that is good and right and human about this profession and you are all extraordinary", she gushed. We're got so many great things we're going to see her do.
Earlier in the week, Janney said on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" that she had never been to the Oscars, even though she had been invited before. "There are going to be more women making decisions about what movies are made".
"And I think at a certain point I had given up thinking of this happening for me because I wasn't getting the kinds of roles in film that would give me attention like this", she said.
Thus the character in "I, Tonya" is based on an amalgamation of interviews, documentary footage from 1986 (in which LaVona conducts her interview with a bird on her shoulder), stories from Harding and Gillooly and some artistic license.