Best: Allison Janney Wins for 'I, Tonya'
Between I, Tonya, Lady Bird and Three Billboards, 2017 was a year for stories about just how fraught and dramatically compelling the relationships between mothers and daughters can be. And this year's most acidic cinematic matriarch was certainly LaVona Golden, the woman who dragged her daughter Tonya Harding through a childhood of competition and abuse. Allison Janney's bombastic take on the role struck the perfect balance between high camp and true darkness, with a bird on her shoulder and poison in her heart. In her Best Actress speech, the actor took the opportunity to thank the actual Tonya Harding (who was there!) for sharing her story – one that we can only appreciate with the hindsight of how blithely sexist and classist shit was in the Nineties. "What everyone in this movie did is tell a story about class in America," said Janney, "tell a story about the disenfranchised, tell a story about a woman who was not embraced for her individuality." JS