Oscar Predictions; Can Melissa McCarthy Win the Best Leading Actress Category?

Melissa McCarthy finds herself in an entirely new situation tonight. The comedian, beloved for her role as Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls, and later as Megan in Bridesmaids, is nominated for an Oscar. While it isn’t the comedian’s first nomination, it is her first leading actress nod, and she has a real shot at the prize for her most dramatic role to date.

What film won McCarthy an Oscar Nomination?

Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me?. The indie film was produced by Asher Grey Production and had a budget of just $10 million. It has made significant waves, as it weaves an intricate story about a biographer whose epic fall from grace led to a life of forgery.

McCarthy seamlessly fell into the role of a severe alcoholic who has fallen out of step with Hollywood. In the film, McCarthy’s character embarks on a life of crime that includes forging letters from Hollywood’s most famous and beloved stars, aided by a friend who suddenly has the FBI’s eyes on him.

McCarthy is nominated for Best Leading Actress for her role. It is the second time McCarthy has received an Oscar nod, but her first leading role nomination. She was previously nominated for her work in Bridesmaids in 2012. She also received SAG, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for her role as Megan.

Who is Melissa McCarthy up against at the 91st Academy Awards?

While McCarthy’s role as Israel is well executed she is up against stiff competition, according to the official Academy Awards website. The comedic actress faces off against Glenn Close, Lady Gaga, Olivia Coleman and Yalitza Aparicio on February 24.

Lady Gaga’s portrayal of Ally in A Star is Born, opposite Bradley Cooper has won box office acclaim. With a $40 million budget, and a star-studded cast to back the film up, there was a great deal of hype going into its release, and the hype paid off. A Star is Born is one of the Oscar’s biggest contenders.

Who is going to take home the Best Leading Actress award?

Melissa McCarthy has a fighting chance, according to Screen Rant. While Gaga and Close seem to be early favorites, McCarthy’s complicated portrayal of Israel may have caught the attention of The Academy.

Lady Gaga, however, does have The Critic’s Choice Award win to back up her Oscar nomination. Critic’s Choice Award winners often go on to claim the Oscar prize each season. Gaga, while controversial in some respects, certainly proved her acting chops in her latest film.

Glenn Close, a veteran of the awards circuit also has the chance to take home the top prize. While The Wife wasn’t a particularly beloved film, Close did manage to garner attention. The Wife is a film that follows Joan, the wife of an acclaimed novelist, through the ups and downs of her nearly 40-year marriage as the pair prepares for Joe’s most significant prize yet.

Olivia Colman takes on the role of Queen Anne in The Favourite. The film, which was first released in New Zealand in December 2018, follows a frail Queen Anne as members of her court fightfor her attention and the chance to rule the country via suggestion. The compelling subject, intense acting, and solid production has made The Favourite a favorite on the awards circuit, and Coleman has a fighting chance to take home the top prize.

While Yalitza Aparicio’s portrayal in the black and white Roma was compelling, the film has failed to pick up significant traction on the awards circuit, and Yalitza herself remains a relative unknown. She is fighting an uphill battle considering she is facing off against major names in the industry, who worked on films by far largerproduction houses. Roma is also nominated for Best Picture, but it would be the first time a foreign-language movie took home the top prize.