Why the funny actress is changing the game for all women!
Melissa McCarthy has been capturing the hearts of television viewers for over a decade. In the early 2000s, she played the lovable, scatter-brained Snookie on Gilmore Girls. Last year, she won an Emmy for her new television role as Molly in the comedy series, Mike & Molly.
Now, Melissa is being duly recognized for her blooming film career as well, and today she was nominated for her hilarious portrayal of the uber-confident, endearingly deranged and man-hungry Megan in 2011's hit comedy, Bridesmaids. 2012 Oscar Nominations: Brad Pitt, Melissa McCarthy & More!
Why are we so excited that Melissa's been nominated? Because she totally deserves it! Let us tell you why:
1. She's a talented comedic actress. Many people assume that dramatic acting requires more talent than comedic, but we believe otherwise. Comedic acting can be just as difficult—look at Saturday Night Live. Sure, every few episodes it happens upon a few funny gems, but it's very difficult to produce hilarious sketch after hilarious sketch. When Melissa McCarthy hosted the show at the end of last year, she made almost the entire hour the most hilarious it's been since the Will Farrell years. Melissa's perfectly finessed comedic timing had viewers both in the audience and at home rolling at her Hidden Valley Ranch sketch and her horse-balloon humping skills. She even had the slapstick down as well, starring in a sketch in which she managed to numerously fall down the same set of stairs, each time creating a funnier and more awkward fall than the last. This kind of comedic talent is hard to come by. Um, DUH: Women Are *Just* As Funny As Men, Says Study
2. She blew us away in Bridesmaids. Let's face it, Melissa's character, Megan, totally stole the movie. Yes, we'll admit the writing by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo was brilliant, but even more brilliant was Melissa's delivery of the lines. She delivered her lines with craft and a sharpened clarity, which gave her character a more sincere feeling, as opposed to an over-the-top caricature that so often weighs comedies down. Some excellent line deliveries? Too many to choose from, but here's one of our favs: When the bridesmaids gather for lunch at the off-the-beaten-path restaurant they later get food poisoning from, Melissa's character perfectly dead pans the line: "Physically I don't bloat." "Bridesmaids:" Not Your Average Chick Flick
3. She's breaking barriers for women. While there have been many hilarious and talented women appearing in big screen comedies for decades, there has always been a prejudice against "funny women." Many believed—and still do—that females can't do comedy as well as men. But the success of Bridesmaids, a hilarious film which centers on women (there are really only two men that even speak in the film), has shut the mouths of many dissenters. What has deepened this now growing acceptance of the fact that women can be hilarious is Melissa's performance. A few more great lines from her in the film: "I'm not even confident on which end that came out of," "Hey, not Air Marshall Jon. You wanna get back in that restroom and not rest?" and, "I'm glad he's single, cause I'm gonna climb that like a tree." /node/102285
Here's hoping that Melissa and the movie's female writers will take home the Oscar come February!
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