Comedies are often the most talked-about movies of the year, but even the good ones are often overlooked when it comes to awards season. Hoping to buck the trend is "Bridesmaids," the raunchy, female-driven ensemble that racked up close to $170 million at the box office this summer, spawned a slew of copycat scripts and served as a touchpoint for a women-in-comedy discussion.
The film received an unexpected boost Wednesday when it received two nominations from the Screen Actors Guild — one for performance by a cast and a supporting female actor nod for Melissa McCarthy. The filmmakers are hopeful it's the beginning of a road that leads to a best-picture Oscar nomination from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
"It's a film that made both people laugh and that they thought about later. That's a rare combination and it's something to celebrate," said Tony Angelotti, Universal Pictures' campaign consultant.
SAG nominations are often a strong predictor of the Oscar race, in part because actors make up the largest branch of the academy. Yet Oscar voters typically like their comedy leavened with some drama — such as in "The Kids Are All Right" and "Juno." Should "Bridesmaids" land a best picture nomination, it would be one of the few studio comedies with big, laugh-out-loud set pieces to do so.