Melissa McCarthy had a very good weekend. Her new comedy The Boss toppled the superhero clash Batman v Superman at the box office, and she also became the first woman to win the Comedic Genius Award at the MTV Movie Awards, which aired Sunday night.
The actress celebrated the latter with some good ol’ fashioned crowd-surfing. Called up to accept the award by cohosts Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart as part of a pre-planned bit, McCarthy was shown standing on a nearby ledge, confused over the fact that the stairs to the stage had apparently been removed.
So McCarthy let herself fall into the arms of some gentlemen below who then carried her, rock-show-style, through the sea of audience members to the stage. It was a boss moment for The Boss star and stood in amusing contrast to an Identity Thief clip played minutes early that showed her falling on her face in an attempted stage dive.
“I may be the first woman to win Comedic Genius,” said McCarthy about the honorary award, which has previously been given to Will Ferrell (2013) and Kevin Hart (2015). “But I am certainly not the first to deserve it.” McCarthy then shouted out a lengthy list of funny females who inspired her, including Carol Burnett, Phyllis Diller, Lucille Ball, Whoopi Goldberg, Gilda Radner, Diane Keaton, Lily Tomlin, and her own mother, Sandra McCarthy.
McCarthy, whose other box-office hits include Bridemaids, The Heat, and Spy, went on to thank the fans who buy tickets to her movies. “You are absolutely the single reason why I keep getting to do this,” she said.
The actress will next be seen in Paul Feig’s highly anticipated, all-female reboot of Ghostbusters this summer, alongside Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. She also announced this week that, after months of back-and-forth, she’ll reprise her breakout role as Sookie in Netflix’s upcoming Gilmore Girls revival.
“There are still some nuns in my old high school in Illinois who are still pretty surprised at the use of the word 'genius’ with my name,” the Plainfield, Ill. native added while accepting her award. “Take that, sister!”