Writing as a columnist for The Huffington Post, Ellen DeGeneres staked her case for this year's Original Screenplay Oscar nominee: Bridesmaids. "It's so relatable," she says. "I don't care who you are—male or female, young or old, Democrat or Republican—we've all gotten kicked off a plane for being drunk."
Joking aside, the talk show host goes on to point out that Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig defied expectations with their unruly story about a group of women thrown together in the trenches (and occasional trench warfare) of bridesmaidom—an answer, intentional or not, to Hollywood's bachelor-rumpus, The Hangover.
"They said a comedy with an all-female lead cast couldn't be successful," DeGeneres writes, "but they were wrong. The movie just broke the record as the most downloaded movie-on-demand ever. See? People aren't just renting it—they're demanding it.
"It's amazing," she continues, that Melissa McCarthy earned the film a second Oscars nod as a Best Supporting Actress nominee, "considering the Academy rarely recognizes comedies at all." (See our editors' pick for McCarthy's award-worthy gown.) "I don't know why comedies don't get more attention at the Oscars. There are so many great actors who have given amazing performances and have never been nominated... like Steve Martin, or Steve Carell, or Steve Guttenberg. I can't think of anyone whose name isn't Steve right now, but I'm sure there are some."
And Steve Buscemi. Let's not forget his pre-Boardwalk Empire role in 1998's Armageddon, because that movie was hah-larious, though maybe not in the Oscar-worthy way. "Anyway," DeGeneres concludes, "congratulations Bridesmaids, and good luck at the Oscars!" Make that from both of us.
—Phillip B. Crook