Allison Janney is having an amazing year at the Emmys. She won her second trophy in just nine days with her victory as Best Comedy Supporting Actress on “Mom” Monday night. That now places her in third place among performers in the all-time Emmy record books.
Last weekend at the Creative Arts ceremony, she also prevailed as Best Drama Guest Actress for her recurring role on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.” That evening, she defeated Kate Burton (“Scandal“), Jane Fonda (“The Newsroom“), Kate Mara (“House of Cards“), Margo Martindale (“The Americans“), and Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones“).
Janney was already an Emmy favorite, having earned four trophies out of six nominations for her role as C.J. Cregg on the NBC awards darling “The West Wing.” She prevailed as Best Drama Supporting Actress in 2000 and 2001. She then changed over to Best Drama Actress and won that category in 2002 and 2004.
Her co-star Stockard Channing was the last woman to pick up two acting Emmys in the same cycle. She won for her supporting work on “The West Wing” and for the telefilm “The Matthew Shepard Story” on the same evening in 2002.
With her sixth overall performance Emmy, she moves up to an entirely new level in Emmy history. Cloris Leachman has won eight acting Emmys. Edward Asner and Mary Tyler Moore each have seven acting Emmys. Janney is now tied for third place with six performance Emmys alongside Art Carney, Tim Conway, Tyne Daly, and Carl Reiner.
On the CBS comedy series “Mom,” Janney plays Bonnie, a recovering addict trying to reconnect with her adult daughter Christy (Anna Faris). Her episode submission to Emmy judges was “Estrogen and a Hearty Breakfast,” in which she is dealing with menopause and defending her pregnant granddaughter.
For this comedy race, she defeated Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory“), Julie Bowen (“Modern Family“), Anna Chlumsky (“Veep“), Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live“), and Kate Mulgrew (“Orange is the New Black“).