Laurie Metcalf Doesn’t Mind Having Lost Out on an Oscar

Laurie Metcalf. Photo by Chelsea Lauren/REX/Shutterstock (9354169br)

We really didn’t want to live in a world where Allison Janney was up against Laurie Metcalf for an Oscar. But welcome to 2018.

The TV alumni were both nominated for Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Academy Awards for playing strong moms. Allison as Lavona Hardwicke in I, Tonya, and Laurie for Marion McPherson in Lady Bird.

And while Allison’s name was expected to be called (after having deservedly won every award in the lead up to her brilliant performance), part of our hearts still broke a little for Laurie.

That said, the Roseanne actress has no hard feelings.

“Allison and I go way back. We were both Oscar virgins. A lot of those nominees had been through this many times. So, it was fun to go through the whole circus, the runaway train, with her. We would see a lot of each other at these events and award shows. She sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers after she won the Oscar.”

And just maybe, part of Laurie was relieved that her name wasn’t called on Oscar night: “I don’t like the idea of saying something on stage. It’s stressful, so when that doesn’t happen it’s OK. It’s like, ‘Congratulations, Allison.’”

Ah, Laurie, we’d give you a consolation Oscar if we could.