Melissa McCarthy Is The First Woman To Win This Award, And It's About Time
Everyone's favorite bridesmaid, Stars Hollow chef and, most recently, Girl Scout-leading boss Melissa McCarthy won the Comedic Genius Award at the MTV Movie Awards on Saturday, becoming the first woman to ever receive the honor.
The third recipient of the award, McCarthy joins Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, who co-hosted this year's show. You'll have to wait until Sunday night's broadcast to see the star's acceptance speech, but MTV already teased the fact she crowd-surfed onto the stage, no doubt living up to the award's name.
The award announcement was made earlier this week in a press release, with Casey Patterson, an executive producer for the award show, saying,
Honoring Melissa McCarthy with 'MTV's Comedic Genius Award' is exciting on so many levels, it's the first time this award is going to a woman which is fantastic. We love Melissa for her performances but she also writes, produces and directs comedy, so this award is incredibly well deserved.
McCarthy starred in "Gilmore Girls" as Lorelai's best friend Sookie from 2000 to 2007 and made her breakthrough as a Hollywood leading lady and badass comedian with her Academy Award-nominated role in 2011's "Bridesmaids." She went on to star in and win the 2015 Best Actress Golden Globe for "Spy," and her latest film "The Boss" premiered this month.
Beyond her hilarious antics and on-screen performances, McCarthy is also an incredible voice for female empowerment and body positivity. The multi-talented woman even has her own fashion line for plus-size women, Melissa McCarthy Seven7.
Just last week, the talented award winner confirmed she will be making a return appearance on Netflix's "Gilmore Girls" revival, elevating everyone's excitement in the way only Sookie St. James' mega-watt smile can.