Apparently the Academy has a sense of humor! Melissa McCarthy is nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Bridesmaids. Since her time as the dedicated chef Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls, we've been fans of Melissa's, and her raunchy role in the women-driven comedy Bridesmaids only made us appreciate her more. With her upcoming projects, range of humor, and contribution to expanding comedic roles for women, we think Melissa is an inspiring addition to Hollywood's in-crowd. Here are five reasons we're happy she'll be walking the red carpet as an Oscar nominee this Sunday.
It's rather unexpected that a performance that had Melissa relieving herself in a bathroom sink, hitting on men with raunchy pickup lines, and coming on strong to an air marshall, is nominated for an Academy Award. With her butch-but-not lesbian persona, something not common in movies, and straight delivery, Melissa's Megan cracked us up with situations and jokes we're not used to seeing from women on the big screen. Hopefully her Oscar nomination will result in more of that.
After years of hard work in Hollywood, Melissa McCarthy has plans to celebrate her trip to the biggest award show of the year. Upon learning of her Oscar nomination, she said "At some point today, I'm having champagne, dammit!" We feel like celebrating, too. With her physical comedy and a physical appearance that breaks from the Hollywood norm, Melissa McCarthy is a refreshing addition to the A-list.
Straight-faced air marshall Jon from Bridesmaids is in fact Melissa McCarthy's husband Ben Falcone. In addition to starring together in one of my favorite scenes in the movie, the two have a ton of projects coming up.
Melissa and Ben are working on a new comedy called Tammy, a raunchy tale which they wrote together, about a woman who loses her job, learns her husband is cheating on her, and embarks on a road trip with her alcoholic and inappropriate grandmother. We're glad we can count on these two to bring us more irreverent, and likely hilarious, female characters who aren't afraid to break the mold.
Little known fact: Jenny McCarthy and Melissa McCarthy are first cousins, since their fathers are brothers. Both comedians aren't afraid to tackle unladylike topics, be it the over-the-top bathroom disaster we saw Melissa act out in Bridesmaids or Jenny's infamous bathroom humor (Jenny has been known to pose breaking wind or on the toilet in ads or magazine shoots). We love that taking on taboos for the sake of a good laugh runs in the McCarthy family.
Many dedicated Gilmore Girls viewers probably feel like they've traveled this journey with Melissa McCarthy. She played the lovable chef Sookie St. James on the show from 2000 to 2007. Her performance in Bridesmaids was extra hilarious to me, since it was such a departure from her feminine and focused Sookie. While her longtime role on Gilmore Girls won her many fans, it's exciting to see how much more she can do when it comes to acting, writing, and producing.