Her work in Bridesmaids is far trickier than she’s been given credit for: In any given scene, she veers skillfully from comedy to I-hate-myself pathos, sometimes from syllable to syllable. Wiig’s comedic bona fides are well-established (her ten-minute argument with a customer — a DVD outtake! — is a total tour de force), but Oscar ought to be responsive to how well she pulls off the film’s numerous dramatic moments. That cupcake scene! The surprisingly dramatic last 30 minutes of the movie! Critics lined up last season behind Lesley Manville’s mostly improvised sad single in Another Year, so why are they not falling for Wiig, who not only pulled off the same feat but wrote almost everyone else’s dialogue as well?
Not sure I would agree with Kyle that she was the best performance of the year, but she was certainly one of the best. I also agree with the need to recognize that incredible screenplay. Fingers crossed the film gets some kind of recognition in early 2012.