What do Muppets, Bridesmaids and Tom Hanks have in common?
What they're shilling: Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph have "Friends with Kids" coming up in March while Ellie Kemper has "21 Jump Street" the same month; Wendi McLendon-Covey has "What to Expect When You're Expecting" in May. Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne are the only two cast members who don't have an imminent theatrical release on their resumes, though McCarthy has been keeping busy with "Mike & Molly" and Byrne has the fifth and final season of "Damages" debuting later this year.
Nominations and wins: McCarthy is a nominee for Best Supporting Actress this year, while Wiig scored a nod for Best Original Screenplay.
Lowdown: In the world of comedy "Bridesmaids" was probably the hottest movie around last year, grossing over $140 million domestic and seen by many as representative of a paradigm shift in the traditionally male-dominated field. It was also a nice gesture on the part of the Academy to invite all six main cast members to present, seeing as the film's ensemble chemistry was an important component of the film's success. AMPAS is also clearly hoping that the funny ladies will lighten up what tends to be a stuffy ceremony.