kristin wiig bridesmaids 324 Kristen Wiig had a great 2011, but will 2012 be even better?There’s no denying that 2011 was a huge year for “Saturday Night Live” star Kristen Wiig.

“Bridesmaids,” the R-rated comedy she co-wrote and starred in, was one of the biggest movies of the year. In fact, it was just nominated for a Golden Globe for best comedy, and Wiig also received a nod for her performance in the film.

Wiig continues to be one of the most reliably funny cast members on “SNL,” playing what seems like the most recurring characters of any current “SNL” comedian.

But now that she’s begun the transition from funny side character and “SNL” crackup to leading lady, we think 2012 is the year Wiig could really shine. Even if “Bridesmaids” doesn’t win any Globes, it’s still a pretty great way to start the year. There’s also the People’s Choice Awards and the Critics Choice Awards, which have also given “Bridesmaids” accolades.

The thing we think could help Wiig become an A-list star once and for all, though, starts with the upcoming film “Friends With Kids,” in which she costars alongside her buddy Jon Hamm. Seeing Wiig in a slightly more dramatic role could help solidify her as an actress in her own right, and combined with her “Bridesmaids” and “SNL” success, could lead to some really spectacular roles and writing opportunities.

What do you think? Was 2011 Wiig’s year, or are better things to come in 2012?

Posted by:Jean Bentley