Paul Feig is not so optimistic about Bridesmaids’ Oscar chances. As he explains it, awards tend to be given to the showy stuff, and the strength of a comedy like Bridesmaids lies precisely in its un-showiness.
Our movie’s tone is very grounded. We also did a lot of stuff off-script to capture lightning-in-a-bottle improv moments that you can’t re-create. All of this doesn’t afford me much latitude as a filmmaker. With comedy, you just can’t get too showy. Nobody loves doing the fun stuff with the camera more than I do, but that’s just me showing off and takes people out of the story. It’s much harder to figure out the flow and pace of a comedy.