As frustrating as award show nominations can be, it's reassuring to know that no matter what else the voters mess up, they'll always get one thing right: Allison Janney. Whether she's leading The West Wing, contributing to the Juno ensemble, or guest-starring on shows like Masters of Sex, Janney is one of the few talented actresses who simply never gets overlooked. This year, she's up for not one, but two Emmy nominations, Supporting Comedy Actress for Mom and Guest Drama Actress for Masters of Sex. This, of course, means that she has a double chance of winning, which is great news both because she deserves the honors and also because Janney tends to give some of the funniest, raunchiest, and greatest acceptance speeches you'll ever hear.
I know, I know, just because she's nominated, even if its twice, doesn't mean she'll win. There's a serious chance Janney will be beaten out for both her nominations by contenders like Game of Thrones' Diana Rigg or Veep's Anna Chlumsky. Still, it'd be a shame to have Janney at an awards show and not get to hear one of her ridiculously awesome speeches. For example:
Her 2004 Emmy Awards Speech
It was Janney's third time accepting an Emmy for her performance as The West Wing's C.J. Cregg, but that didn't mean the victory was any less sweet. "Mariska," she said, referring to fellow nominee Mariska Hargitay, "I know I told you something last night, that I would give this to you, and it seems like such a silly idea in this moment." Hargitay laughed, but Janney looked dead serious.
Her 2014 Critics' Choice Award Speech
Her 2001 Emmy Awards Speech
Accepting her award for The West Wing at the post-9/11 awards show, Janney's speech adopted a fittingly somber tone. "It occurs to me at this time also how proud I am to be at a show that celebrates the process of freedom that makes this country great," she said, to loud agreement from the audience. It wasn't a typical speech from the actress, but it was one of the most powerful.
Her 2002 Emmy Awards Speech
Starring in an hour-long drama while balancing several movie roles must certainly take a toll on a person, not to mention her social life. Janney hilariously acknowledged this in her 2002 acceptance speech, thanking her family and friends first once, then again a few seconds later. "I said that, but I have to apologize to them, because our drama — thank you for putting up with me and knowing that I love you, in spite of the fact that I never see you." Hey, at least she's honest!