Melissa McCarthy crowdsurfed to pick up her Comedic Genius at the MTV Movie Awards, where she became the first woman to ever receive the honor from the network.
“I may be the first woman to receive this award, but I am certainly not the first one to deserve it,” McCarthy said during her acceptance speech. “I’m a walking human patchwork of all the funny women I have loved and studied over the years.”
She then made sure to thank her mother as well as some of the hilarious ladies who came before her, including Lucille Ball, Julia Louis Dreyfus, and Whoopi Goldberg. She got choked up as she thanked the fans for buying tickets to her movies, and closed her speech by giving a shout-out to Bruce Springsteen for cancelling his North Carolina concert in protest of the state’s recent anti-trans law.
A dynamo known for her irreverent wit, fearless physical comedy, and surprising depth in films such as Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy, McCarthy became the first woman ever and the third person overall to receive the Comedic Genius Award. (Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell were the previous honorees.)
McCarthy is no stranger to the Movie Awards, having previously won for Best Comedic Performance and Best WTF Moment, both for Bridesmaids.