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Melissa McCarthy Deserves An Oscar More Than Anyone

When Jenn announced the Oscar nominations here yesterday, she, along with you lovely commenters, pretty much voiced every prominent feeling I had. There was the sadface felt ’round the world when we learned that Ryan Gosling failed to receive a single nomination, and there was the horrible injustice I felt when I learned that the Academy failed to recognize the unbelievable talent of Tilda Swinton. Although I was so, so happy that Christopher Plummer got a nomination for Beginners. Did you see Beginners? You should.

But there’s one nomination that I want to discuss in further detail. If you read the headline and looked at the picture and have a lick of sense, you’d know that I’m talking about Melissa McCarthy.

You know that I love her with all my heart, and it fills me with such joy that she’s up for Best Supporting Actress. It also makes me happy that although Bridesmaids didn’t get that Best Picture nomination, it was nominated for Best Screenplay. You know what else makes me happy? Melissa McCarthy’s adorable reaction to this whole thing:

“When they said my name I was like, ‘What show is this? This must be some other show,'” McCarthy said. “I kept saying that, but when my picture came up I just kind of crumpled and my husband said, ‘You just got nominated for an Academy Award.'” (FYI: Her hubby is Ben Falcone, who played Air Marshall Jon in Bridesmaids.)

While it may be too soon to have thought about a dress, McCarthy will be reaching out to longtime friend, celebrity shoe designer Brian Atwood. “We used to sit in his room and cut out Vogue patterns in high school,” McCarthy said. “I’m going to call him and say, ‘What do I do?'”

But today is also like every other day for McCarthy. She’ll be taping her sitcom, Mike & Molly. “I’m going to be bouncing off the walls,” she said. “I feel bad because I am going to be so spastic and don’t know if I’ll get any of my lines right.”

Melissa is also super excited about the prospect of meeting Glenn Close:

“I hope I can figure out something else to say to Glenn Close other than ‘Holy shit, you’re Glenn Close,’ ” McCarthy told PEOPLE after getting her Oscar news Tuesday morning. “I just think she makes beautiful, smart, perfect decisions in her characters and roles she plays. She looms very large to me.”

The Bridesmaids star, who won an Emmy earlier this year for Mike & Molly, admits she was flustered when she first encountered Close at the Golden Globes but is planning ahead for Oscar night.

“If I get to re-meet her,” said McCarthy, “I hope I say something that’s not as jackass-y.”

Have I mentioned lately how much I adore this lady?

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  • So real. So bright. So adorable. So love her and SOOO happy her work in that movie was recognized. I have even made a point to watch her TV show – something I normally would not do – just to see her and enjoy her particular brand of character-driven comedy.

  • Err, is it only me or does anybody else think that this is a bit OTT? I mean, yes, the film was funny, yes, her character was funny, but an Oscar nomination?

    • Agreed. Really over the top. I feel like it was a “Hey, you’re overweight and we’re proud of you for being funny. Here’s an Oscar nod”. Although I think the Oscars are stupid as hell anyway, so who cares

      • What about that super over-weight girl Gariel Sida-something that was nominated for Best Actress for Precious? That wasn’t a funny movie. You may think the Oscars are stupid (well, sometimes they REALLY are) but Bridesmaids got a screenplay nomination as well as Melissa’s nom. I swear, the sexism is rampant. When guys barf and shit in a film, it’s hysterical. When women do it, the critics pile on and call it “resorting to toilet humor.” McCarthy walked off with that film and flat out stole it from Kristen Wiik (who is also a hoot). Oscars don’t usually go to comedic roles, so I don’t think she’ll win, but she deserves as much as the other nominees.

      • Precious was a real movie…a drama. I love comedies as much as the next person, but you can’t honestly say that Bridesmaids was any better than Hangover 1, Superbad, etc. Slapstick comedy doesn’t typically make it to the Oscars because it’s easy, and that’s what Bridesmaids was.

  • She is an awesome actress, so yeah she deserves it. Used to love her as sookie on gilmore girls and she rocks on mike & molly!