The cameras were off. The show was untelevised. And Melissa McCarthy finally had the chance to tee off on her fellow nominee for the best actress Oscar, Glenn Close.
“I think we all truly find her sketchy,” McCarthy told the audience at the Oscar Wilde Awards in Santa Monica on Thursday night. “And when I say sketchy, I don’t want you to take it the wrong way. I mean truly shady.”
The crowd, including Close, roared with laughter. “Why the two N’s?” McCarthy continued. “Why the double scoop? I think I’m not alone in wondering.”
Close then took the stage and indulged in a bit of playful ribbing herself by intentionally mangling her presenter’s name. “That Melissa McCartney, she’s a whore for the spotlight,” Close said, grinning.
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In January, when she won the Golden Globe for her performance in “The Wife,” Close gave a stirring speech about female empowerment that brought the crowd to its feet; at the far more relaxed Oscar Wilde Awards, sponsored by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, she simply signed off by saying, “I’m in the middle of my Guinness, and I’m really happy to be here.”
The Favourite” and “Mary Poppins Returns,” spoke to the crowd about the gender imbalance on film sets. “I really hope that one day, it’s going to be 50/50,” Powell said. “I would love to be working with female grips and electricians.”