01/24/2012 04:10 pm ET

5 Reasons To Celebrate Melissa McCarthy's Oscar Nod

Apparently the Academy has a sense of humor! Melissa McCarthy was nominated this morning for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Bridesmaids. Since her time as the dedicated chef Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls, we've been fans of Melissa's, and her raunchy role in the women-driven comedy Bridesmaids only made us appreciate her more. With her upcoming projects, range of humor, and contribution to expanding comedic roles for women, we think Melissa is an inspiring addition to Hollywood's in-crowd. Here are five reason we're happy she'll be walking the red carpet as an Oscar nominee next month.

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