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Melissa Mccarthyr

February 24, 2012 by staff 

Melissa Mccarthyr, Mention “Oscar” to Melissa McCarthy and her eyes start to well. “I can’t even think about that,” she says of winning. “I just want the film to get recognized. If (studios) made better comedies they could be taken seriously.”

Hers — “Bridesmaids” — is nominated for two prizes: Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for McCarthy’s turn as the gruffest member of the wedding party.

The latter came as a surprise to many, largely because there were many great dramatic performances in 2011 and, as she says, comedies don’t always get the same respect.

“Bridesmaids,” however, has been shown plenty of love throughout the year, suggesting the tide is turning. Already, insiders have hinted at a sequel.

“That’s a terrible idea,” McCarthy says. “I would do anything with those ladies…even if it’s a weird play in a backyard. But I don’t know anything about a sequel.”

And, she says, no reunion of the “Bridesmaids” stars would be complete without Kristen Wiig, its Oscar-nominated writer and star. Studio sources have hinted at the idea, but “that’s not factual in any way,” McCarthy says.

For her, the film was a nice vacation from “Mike & Molly,” the CBS sitcom that won her an Emmy. The show is home, she says. “And it felt good to be back.”

Now, the sitcom is planning a wedding — Mike and Molly will marry before the end of the year.

“I hope it’s a VFW wedding,” McCarthy says. “I hope it’s in a hall and it feels like Chicago — like most of my relatives’ weddings.”

For her 2005 affair — to fellow actor Ben Falcone — the rules were strict. “I told my friends they couldn’t bring dates they weren’t serious about. I didn’t want to meet anyone at my wedding.”

She held the ceremony atop a Los Angeles building and “had all my best fellas as bridesmen. It was small — and really fun.”

Now, the mother of two is steeped in Oscar plans, producing a series for her husband and promoting several upcoming films.

In “This is 40,” a sequel to “Knocked Up,” she plays a mom who says horrible things to star Leslie Mann. “It’s the most cathartic couple of days I’ve spent.”

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