Allison Janney had six friends jumping in her bed at 5 a.m. on January 23. And, though she hadn't "slept a wink" the night before, the actress had a beyond-fabulous morning. Along with the pals who had flown in from New York to be with her, Janney learned that she'd been nominated for her first Oscar.
For her role as Tonya Harding's complex mother LaVona Golden in I, Tonya, the 58-year-old actress has the chance to take home the gold in the Best Supporting Actress category on March 4. Harding herself was thrilled to hear the news, and let Janney know that in a jubilant text message.
"I got a lovely text from [Harding] this morning congratulating me saying, ‘You’re going to the big top, girl!’ Which was very sweet of her," Janney told People on the day the nominations were announced. Janney has already picked up awards at the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice, and the SAG Awards this year — and now it's on to the "big top," indeed.
Janney wasn't the only I, Tonya actress to receive a nomination. Margot Robbie, who plays the film's titular role, is officially in the running to win Best Actress.
The Australian stunner was in her home country when she heard the big news, and her brother took to Instagram to capture footage of the smiling star sharing a well-deserved champagne toast with friends.
Cheers to the big top!