'Bridesmaids' star Melissa McCarthy digs another female-led film
It’s been a whirlwind year for the actress Melissa McCarthy, who stole scenes in the raucous comedy “Bridesmaids,” won an Emmy for her work on the CBS series “Mike & Molly,” hosted “Saturday Night Live” and is working on her own plus-size clothing line.
Somewhere in there she managed to fit some movie watching into her schedule, and she recently told 24 Frames what film really grabbed her this year. Like “Bridesmaids,” McCarthy’s pick features a strong female cast:
“I loved ‘The Help.’ To start with, I loved the book, so I felt very protective of it, but Tate Taylor wrote and directed a beautiful movie, and those women just ripped it up. Octavia Spencer [as Minny] should be nominated. I’ve been friends with her a long time, and she’s always perfect. She can do anything, and it seems effortless.
“And Jessica Chastain about broke my heart. Allison Janney is a force of nature, and she’s always perfect. And Viola Davis — you can’t stop the list. For the love of God, what do you say about her performance? She made me cry in the opening scene. That’s Viola Davis. She’s completely exposed. I love that movie.”
The Southern drama tells the story of a young journalist in the 1960s (played by Emma Stone) whose decision to write a book about the black women who care for white families in Jackson, Miss., gets the whole town stirred up. Oscar handicappers have predicted nominations for both Davis and Spencer. “Bridesmaids,” meanwhile, could be a contender at the Golden Globes.
What do you think of “The Help” and “Bridesmaids” — are they worthy of awards gold? And what would you like to see next from McCarthy? Let us know in the comments below.
— Oliver Gettell
Photo: Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids." Credit: Suzanne Hanover / Universal Pictures