2012 Oscar Nominations: 'Bridesmaids' Gets Few Academy Award Nods
We couldn't help but notice that last year's popular laugh-out-loud comedy, "Bridesmaids," wasn't on the list of 2012 Oscar-nominated Best Pictures, which were announced Tuesday morning.
Though it did receive a few nods from the Academy -- actress Melissa McCarthy was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and star/writer Kristen Wiig and co-writer Annie Mumolo were nominated for Best Original Screenplay -- many experts guessed that the raunchy wedding comedy, which centers around one maid-of-honor's hilarious journey to her best friend's wedding, would have made the list for Best Picture or even Best Actress.
It has already received significant acclaim, snagging an award for Best Comedy from the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, Favorite Comedy Movie from the People's Choice Awards, and nominations for Best Motion Picture and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes. What's more, it did astoundingly well in theaters -- rare for a female-focused mainstream comedy -- clocking up more than $288 million at the box office worldwide. It even surpassed 2008's "Sex and the City" as the top-grossing R-rated female comedy of all time.
Historically, Academy voters have been "reluctant to honor movies that provoke belly laughs instead of jerking tears," according to The Daily Beast.
"Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig has his own thoughts on the matter: more stylistic films seem to appeal to the Academy, he says, which is difficult to do when it comes to comedy: "It's hard because most comedy needs to be very relatable," he told MTV before the Golden Globes in January. "If I were to do "Bridesmaids" kind of very stylistic, I think I would alienate the audience."
What do you think -- should "Bridesmaids" have been nominated for Best Picture or Best Actress at the Academy Awards this year?
Watch the trailer for "Bridesmaids" below: