It's not every day that a performer gets an Academy Award nomination for work that involves using a sink as a toilet—but score one for Melissa McCarthy!
She picked up a nom for supporting actress for her role as Megan in Bridesmaids.
But let's be clear on one thing...
"I didn't really do it," McCarthy told me this morning of the already iconic bathroom scene. "Just for clarity—I didn't really do it."
She was still a bit shocked about the nomination when we talked.
"When they said my name I was like, ‘What show is this? This must be some other show,'" McCarthy said. "I kept saying that, but when my picture came up I just kind of crumpled and my husband said, ‘You just got nominated for an Academy Award.'" (FYI: Her hubby is Ben Falcone, who played Air Marshall Jon in Bridesmaids.)
While it may be too soon to have thought about a dress, McCarthy will be reaching out to longtime friend, celebrity shoe designer Brian Atwood. "We used to sit in his room and cut out Vogue patterns in high school," McCarthy said. "I'm going to call him and say, ‘What do I do?'"
But today is also like every other day for McCarthy. She'll be taping her sitcom, Mike & Molly. "I'm going to be bouncing off the walls," she said. "I feel bad because I am going to be so spastic and don't know if I'll get any of my lines right."
Now, back her sick in the sink scene. I suggested that a toilet endorsement deal could come from it. "I never thought about that," she said, laughing. "Set it up, Marc. Maybe that's how I retire."
Kidding aside, McCarthy is thrilled about Bridesmaids' two nominations (Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are among the writers vying for best original screenplay) and what that might mean for comedy. "I am so excited for Kristen and Annie," she said. "I can't feel like more is right with the world. I root for good movies—period! But I know it means a lot to a lot of people when a comedy gets in there."