- Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa McCarthy
- Original Screenplay
A review by moviegirl
Moviegoers showered Bridesmaids with love to the tune of well over $250 million at the box office. But fair warning: it’s possible that I have no sense of humor.
Here’s the quick synopsis from imdb.com:
Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride’s best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.
I picked this up at Amazon’s Black Friday sale for $5. I knew it was a box-office phenomenon on the order of The Hangover, and I thought for sure that I would find it hilarious.
And then… well, like I said, it’s possible that I have no sense of humor.
SNL cast member and indie darling Kristin Wiig wrote and stars as the down-on-her-luck and inexplicably insecure maid of honor who heads up a rag-tag band of bridesmaids. I’m not sure how the script ended up nominated in the Original Screenplay category since I didn’t find it that original. The beats followed a fairly predictable pattern of events — think My Best Friend’s Wedding with more bad behavior and a lot more profanity — and there weren’t any particularly clever twists or reinventions of the genre. It seems like the originality lies mostly in the fact that this is the kind of movie that usually gets made with men instead of women. I don’t think that’s enough to win an Oscar, especially when compared to The Artist.
I’ve been a fan of Melissa McCarthy for many years. Like Sookie St. James (McCarthy’s accident-prone chef on Gilmore Girls), bridesmaid Megan is all about physical comedy. McCarthy invariably stole the scene from the rest of the first-rate comediennes in the cast, playing the quirky, inappropriate character with abandon. Again, though, I’m not sure it’s enough to win the Oscar. To me, the performance seems like a caricature, although her tough-loving of Wiig’s character toward the end was a nice twist. On the other hand, the supporting actor/actress category typically hasn’t required much character development, and McCarthy has been getting a lot of notice this year with the Emmy for her television show and multiple nods in the industry for her role in Bridesmaids. So, it’s not impossible that she could win, especially if the two nominees from The Help draw votes away from The Artist.
Overall, this movies seems like an odd choice to nominate, and has the air of a ploy to attract a younger viewership for the ceremony. Note to the Academy: remember how well that worked last year (answer: google “worst Oscar telecast”).