Midwestern girl Melissa McCarthy goes Hollywood

Melissa McCarthy arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

February 27, 2012 2:21:19 PM PST
Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy walked the red carpet in a Grecian-inspired gown, but she may prefer a pair of overalls.

"I'm full Midwest," McCarthy said Sunday after the Academy Awards show. "No matter how much I want to slick it up, now I'm like, 'Can I get a farm in L.A.?'"

The Plainfield, Ill., native was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie "Bridesmaids." The award went to Octavia Spencer for her role in "The Help." Video: McCarthy's Oscar Journey

McCarthy took her parents to Hollywood with her to walk the red carpet on Sunday night. Her sister was also in town for the big night.

"This is so different from Plainfield, not really, but it seems so different. It's fun," she said. "I got so many texts to night from people in Chicago... to me it means a lot that people where you come from are happy with what you're doing."

McCarthy also had a piece with Oscar Host Billy Crystal that aired during the show in which she blocks Crystal's exit from his dressing room -- with her legs. "My leg was up in the air, and I thought, 'I waited to meet you so long, this is not how I thought I'd do it.' He goes, 'No, it's all great,'" Melissa McCarthy said. "He killed, as I expected, hosting. He's like the perfect host."

She wore a coral pink dress with a jeweled neckline and empire waist by designer Marina Rinaldi.

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