Nomination: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
This marks the first of a series of posts based on this year’s (2012) Oscar nominations. My goal, within the next eighteen days, is to write a post about every nominee in the Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor and the Best Film categories. I still have some movies from the list to see (thank you On Demand) and a lot of posts write but I’m going to try and reach my goal. Some of my posts will talk about multiple nominees while some will get a post of their own.
This year, Melissa McCarthy earned herself an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the film Bridesmaids. Of all the nominees, this is the one I have heard the most complaints about. I have heard it said that the woman from Bridesmaids has no business going up against nominees from Albert Nobbs, The Artist or the Help. How can a woman who uses a sink as a toilet in her role be nominated? She can because she deserves it. Do I think Melissa McCarthy will win the Oscar? No. Do I think Melissa McCarthy should win the Oscar? No. Do I think she deserves to be nominated? She most certainly does.
It takes a lot of skill and talent to properly and perfectly deliver a comedic role. In Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy does just that. She throws herself into the role of Megan so fiercely that I still have trouble imagining her playing any other role. Despite the belief of those who haven’t seen it, Bridesmaids is much more than just far and puke jokes. Not only is the film quite witty, the characters also show a good amount of depth. Melissa McCarthy is no exception on either account. In any other comedy movie with any other case, McCarthy would have completely stolen the show. Surrounded by a powerhouse cast of comedic women, including Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, McCarthy is the best of an all star case. Every moment she is on screen, McCarthy delivers lines with expert timing, giving Megan enough insanity to be hilarious but enough heart to be real. Even in her few serious scenes, McCarthy works in enough humor to keep the audience constantly laughing.
There is no doubt in my mind that McCarthy deserves the nomination she has earned. Sadly, I do not thing she will win nor do I want her to win. As of this point in time, my vote goes to Octavia Davis but that could change as I see more of the nominated performances. I thought McCarthy did an amazing job in Bridesmaid. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses but I don’t’ think the roll was enough to beat out her competition and bring home the Oscar.