Melissa McCarthy is headed to one of the most unpredictable, wide-open Oscar races in recent memory this weekend, where she’s up for a Best Actress award for her work in Marielle Heller‘s hilarious and heartbreaking biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me? Inspired by the life of famed literary grifter Lee Israel (McCarthy), Can You Ever Forgive Me? chronicles Israel’s descent into the world of forgery as told in her biography of the same name.
This week, the film arrives on Blu-ray and DVD — just in time for you to get caught up for the Oscars, and we’ve got an exclusive deleted scene from the home video release you can watch right now. Can You Ever Forgive Me? is also up for Best Supporting Actor for Richard E. Grant‘s phenomenal performance and Best Adapted Screenplay. You can see how that all shakes down when the 91st Annual Academy Awards airs on Sunday, February 24, and for now, check out our deleted scene below, followed by a full list of the special features. (Including a director’s commentary with Heller, praise be!)
– Deleted Scenes – with/without Commentary by Director Marielle Heller
- Vet’s Office
- Cat Café
- Lee and Jack Drink
- Ms. Whitman Short
– Promotional Featurettes
- Elevator Pitch
- Becoming Lee Israel
- Likely Friends
- A Literary World
– Audio Commentary by Marielle Heller and Melissa McCarthy
- Lee Israel Letter Gallery
- Unit Photography Gallery
Here’s the official synopsis for Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Melissa McCarthy is masterful in the captivating account, based on a true story, of Lee Israel, a best-selling celebrity biographer in the 1970s and ’80s. When Lee (McCarthy) comes to the realization that she’s no longer en vogue, she spins her art form into a perilous web of lies, deceit and outright crime to get back on top.