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Allison Janney steps into the Spotlight at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

By in Press Enterprise on November 27, 2017

By Jerry Rice

Allison Janney, who stars as a monster of a mother in the dark comedy “I, Tonya,” will receive the Spotlight Award — Actress at the Jan. 2 awards gala for the 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

“I, Tonya” recalls the saga leading up to the 1994 Winter Olympics when figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was struck in the knee by an assailant after a practice session. It was later revealed that the husband of rival skater Tonya Harding had orchestrated a plot to injure Kerrigan. In the movie, directed by Craig Gillespie, Margot Robbie stars as Harding, and Janney is Harding’s mother, LaVonda Golden.

“The usually charming Janney takes a compellingly dark turn as Tonya’s abusive, alcoholic mother,” said Harold Matzner, festival chairman, adding that the performance “is sure to garner awards attention.”

Janney is the winner of seven Emmy Awards, including four for her performance as C.J. Cregg, the White House press secretary on “The West Wing.” She also was a double winner in 2014, for supporting actress in the CBS comedy “Mom” and also for guest actress in a drama for Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.” Two acting statuettes in the same year is a feat rarely accomplished in Emmy history.

Janney repeated her Emmy win for “Mom” in 2015.

At the awards gala, Janney will join fellow honoree Sam Rockwell, co-starring in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” who was tapped for the Spotlight Award — Actor. Also previously announced was Gal Gadot, who plays the title character in the “Wonder Woman” franchise and currently stars in “Justice League,” who will receive the festival’s Rising Star Award.

Past winners of the Spotlight Award include Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston, Andrew Garfield, Helen Hunt, Rooney Mara, Julia Roberts and […]    

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