This year, there are three competing Oscar nominees that all come from Chuck Lorre sitcoms. Ironically, you could see Oscar-worthy performances, without having to pay for a ticket or even leave your home this awards season.
Allison Janney (Mom), Laurie Metcalf (The Big Bang Theory), and Octavia Spencer (Mom) are all nominated for Best Supporting Actress. This trio of Chuck Lorre actresses take up 60 percent of the nominees.
This is actually the first nomination for Allison Janney.
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On Mom, Alison Janney stars as Bonnie, an alcoholic mother trying to turn her life around. But, in the film I, Tonya, she’s as bad as it gets. She’s also likely the frontrunner since she just won a Screen Actors Guild award for the performance.
In the film, she pushes her daughter in a way that makes you question whether or not she loves her at all. There’s even a scene in the film where she pays a heckler and throws a knife at her daughter.
The movie is set up in a way that it comes from multiple perspectives, so the “truth” is somewhat up to the viewer.
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Laurie Metcalf has had a recurring role on The Big Bang Theory since the very beginning. As Sheldon Cooper’s mom, she’s the super-Christian mother from Texas who wants the best for her genius, unbelieving son.
In Lady Bird, Metcalf plays the mom of a teenager. The film comes from writer-director Greta Gerwig and has somewhat of a Juno quality to it. She got her start on Roseanne, where she will also return in the reboot this March.
Then there’s Octavia Spencer, who is also on Mom. On the sitcom, Spencer has a reoccurring role as a friend to Bonnie and Christy (Anna Faris). Her nomination is for the unusual film, The Shape of Water.
Spencer won back in 2012 for The Help and was nominated once again for Hidden Figures last year. “It’s wonderful,” said Chuck Lorre about these three phenomenal actresses.
“I’ve gotten to watch these three women work up close and they’re masters of their craft. To see them getting acknowledged like that is really gratifying, because they’re astonishing actresses. And they’re really nice people and fun to work with.”
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