Sunday, December 11, 2011

Melissa McCarthy's Big Bridesmaid Day

In August of this year Melissa McCarthy received her first nomination for her outlandish performance as the foul and awkward character Megan in Bridesmaid. That nomination was for "Female Scene Stealer" at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards.

And the Teen Choice Awards, McCarthy lost (if you can count it as loosing) to Ashley Greene for her role in Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Yet, that wasn't McCarthy's last award. Suddenly the critics groups are coming out today in high praise for McCarthy's work in Bridesmaid this year, being out awarded by expected favorites including Jessica Chastain (for any of her 6 movies), Octavia Spenser (The Help), Carey Mulligan (Shame), Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus), Judy Greer or Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), or Sandra Bullock (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close).

It's hard to tell whether McCarthy will ride this out to her first Oscar nomination, but it looks like the critics groups are all drinking from the same wedding punch bowl.

These two wins came as a surprise and it'll be interesting to see how this continues as the awards and precursors continue on through the weeks ahead.

(The LA Film critics did select Jessica Chastain for all 6 films, with runner-up Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs; The New York Film Critics Circle awarded Jessica Chastain for 3 of her 6 films; The Washington DC film critics nominated McCarthy, but gave the award to Octavia Spencer).

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