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Melissa McCarthy's MTV Movie Awards Speech Transcript Was Gracious & Hilarious

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Actress and comedian Melissa McCarthy took to the 2016 MTV Movie Awards stage on Sunday night to collect her well-earned Comedic Genius Award. She's the first female to win the award, and only the third person to receive it. After she was announced as the winner, McCarthy crowd-surfed to the stage, then proceeded to accidentally knock her award across it. Once she'd retrieved it, she gave a speech worthy of a comedic genius. In case you missed it, I listened really closely — and the transcript of Melissa McCarthy's MTV Movie Awards speech was truly worthy of its own honor.

The Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters star has watched five of her movies become box-office hits since her breakout role in Bridesmaids, proving that McCarthy (and her no-holds-barred brand of humor) is definitely here to stay. Casey Patterson, executive producer of the MTV Movie Awards, said of McCarthy's win,

To start things off, McCarthy thanked her mother — who reportedly once told McCarthy not to worry about being likable — and past female comedians before her. Check out the full transcript below to read the rest of her amazingly gracious acceptance speech.

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It was emotional, touching, and paid tribute to many deserving female comedians. It turns out McCarthy's not only a comedic genius — with an award to prove it — she's also fantastic at giving beautiful speeches.