Clad in a rose-red dress, Janney took to the stage to accept the honor, the last after a lengthy awards trail that saw her also win a Golden Globe for the widely praised portrayal of Harding's abusive mother.
After the raucous laughs died down, she said there could be "nothing further from the truth".
"Joanne Woodward, thank you for your encouragement and generosity that gave me the confidence to think I could pursue a career in acting". Other film credits include The Way, Way Back, The Help, Juno, Finding Nemo, The Hours, American Beauty, Nurse Betty, Drop Dead Gorgeous, 10 THINGS I Hate About You, Primary Colors, The Ice Storm, The Object of My Affection and Big Night. "I kind of love that I have something to do tomorrow no matter what because [my Mom co-stars and crew] all love me there and they will love me no matter what happens".
Hal took his own life on February 14, 2011 after battling depression and addiction. "I'm going to have a big crash-down after this so I'm happy to have the folks of "Mom" to lift me up".
"She's just been so supportive and loving of me", Janney continued. "As a matter of fact, [Tonya] just texted me today", she revealed. "She has a child that she loves and she's very sweet and supportive and she sends me texts to say, 'Go get 'em, girl!' and she's pretty great". I'll never be able thank him.