‘Bridesmaids’ Battle: A Movie Awards Funny Face-Off

Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, plus Jonah Hill, Zach Galifianakis and Oliver Cooper, vie for Best Comedic Performance this Sunday.
By Kevin P. Sullivan

Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"
Photo: Universal

We are now just five days away from the 21st annual MTV Movie Awards, when the fierce competition among the year's best movies comes to an end and we find out who you picked to win it all. For your answers, you'll have to tune in at 9 p.m. ET this Sunday, June 3.

In the comedy categories, "Bridesmaids" and "21 Jump Street" lead a pack of outrageously funny movies with a ton of nominations, but when it comes to Best Comedic Performance, it's every man and woman for themselves.

Here's our rundown of the Best Comedic Performance nominees:

Jonah Hill, "21 Jump Street"
Only one of this year's nominees for Best Comedic Performance took a knife to the shoulder and didn't even notice. For "21 Jump Street," Hill was lean, mean and one of the worst movie cops we've ever seen. Yes, Schmidt and Jenko eventually brought down the high school's drug ring, but watching them fail miserably along the way made for classic comedy.

Kristen Wiig, "Bridesmaids"
Comedy is hard enough when you have to take the words from a page and make them funny. Kristen Wiig did one better: She co-wrote the words on the page and then made them hilarious. As the fearless, unfortunate leader of one of last year's biggest comedies, Wiig proved she is indeed ready for prime time, that she could lead a movie, and that you should never eat Brazilian before heading to a wedding-dress fitting.

Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
The Melissa McCarthy people were familiar with before "Bridesmaids" was anything but her character, Megan. She typically played sweet, feminine characters, like Sookie on "Gilmore Girls." For "Bridesmaids," she stripped away everything from the recognizable McCarthy and became the national-security-obsessed puppy-hoarder and scene-stealer that earned every bit of an Academy Award nomination.

Oliver Cooper, "Project X"
You'll never throw the biggest and best party of all time, unless you add an element of danger just to mix things up. For the three friends in "Project X," Oliver Cooper's Costa was that guy. He's the one who will always have the perfectly timed sarcastic quip to pair with his sweater vest.

Zach Galifianakis, "The Hangover Part II"
He once was a lone wolf, but in the first "Hangover," movie Alan found his wolf pack and roofied his way into America's heart. For the second time around, we got even more Alan but a lot less hair. Even if "Hangover Part II" had the same story as "Part I," more Alan is never a bad thing.

Head over to MovieAwards.MTV.com to vote for your favorite flicks now! The 21st annual MTV Movie Awards air live this Sunday, June 3, at 9 p.m. ET.

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