And the Oscar goes to: Melissa McCarthy?
We can only hope. There were literally no surprises in the nominations this year. If someone asked you to list who you thought would be up for an Oscar this year, you would instantly be able to name everyone: Clooney, Scorsese, Meryl, Viola, Woody, etc. There weren’t even any little independents that managed to wiggle their way onto the stupidly long Best Picture list. The only two films that make the list any different than the Golden Globe nominations are Tree of Life and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. People thought that maybe Kirsten Dundst might get a Best Actress nod for Melancholia. Nope. Some kind of recognition for Like Crazy, the other festival film that made a lot of noise this year. Nothing. You want to know who is going to make one hell of a stink though? Melissa. McCarthy.
I love this woman with my whole heart. And part of someone else’s heart too. I had to lease out space in order to fully realize my love for her. So you can imagine how much I pooped in a bridal boutique’s bathroom sink when I found out she got nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She’s up against Berenice Bejo in The Artist, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer in The Help, plus Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs. In any other year, I would toss a coin and say whoever gets the award totally deserves it. The Artist was a beautiful piece of film of which we may never see the likes again, and all the actors really had to show their chops, mainly because they couldn’t talk about them since it’s a silent film. Janet McTeer was in a story that brought light to the struggles of transgender rights/relationships and gender inequalities. The Help speaks for itself. Octavia Spencer brought me to tears. BUT SO DID MELISSA MCCARTHY! To hell with all the other nominees this year. I cast my vote whole-heartedly for Melissa McCarthy in every category. Melissa McCarthy for Best Picture, everyone!
Oh, also Bridesmaids got nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Congrats Kristen Wiig.