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Poll: Will Melissa McCarthy be an Oscar contender?

September 20, 2011 |  5:30 pm

Wendi McLendon-Covey, Melissa McCarthy and Ellie Kemper in "Bridesmaids."
Melissa McCarthy's amazing upset in the Emmy race for lead comedy actress proves that she has strong support across Hollywood, support that many observers have probably underestimated. Most "experts" had bet on Laura Linney ("The Big C") or Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") to take the prize, and they pooh-poohed McCarthy's hopes.

In large part, McCarthy's Emmy victory was probably helped by her recent starring role in the comedy blockbuster "Bridesmaids." Hey, if she's got that much Hollywood award support for "Bridesmaids," it may mean she might be a stealth Oscar contender next. Possible? Don't scoff at the idea that she can make the cut for a comedic role. Look at how many stars have won best supporting actress for comedic turns: Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona"), Mira Sorvino ("Mighty Aphrodite"), Dianne Wiest ("Bullets Over Broadway"), Marisa Tomei ("My Cousin Vinny") and others.

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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Melissa McCarthy and Ellie Kemper in "Bridesmaids." Credit: Universal

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