A lot of fun and awe-worthy things (like Chris Pratt openly praising his wife Anna Farris during his acceptance award; “Our son was destined to be tough, but thanks to you he will be smart, too,”) happened at last night’s MTV Movie Awards.
But the true standout moment of the glitzy event was when international treasure Melissa McCarthy became the first woman to win MTV’s Comedic Genius Award. “In all seriousness, I may be the first woman to win this award, but I am … certainly, certainly not the first one to deserve it”. McCarthy began.
“I don’t know — I think I’m a walking human patchwork of all the remarkable, funny women who I have loved and studied over the years,” she then went on to name drop some of the most influential comedians ever before finally thanking her mother who perhaps has had the biggest impact on her.
“…and I am only here because Carol Burnett, Jane Curtin, Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Lucille Ball, Gilda Radner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Diane Keaton, Tracy Ullman, Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, and my mom … who taught me not to fear being the butt of the joke, taught me not to worry about being likable or perfect, and to lovingly go for the kill”.
She closed the speech as brilliantly as she began, by praising Bruce Springsteen for cancelling his North Carolina concert in protest of discriminatory LGBTQ laws.