Movie Magic: Little Miss Sunshine

I just watched Little Miss Sunshine again tonight. It’s without a doubt my favorite movie from 2006 and 100 times more awesome each time you watch it.

2007 SAG Award Nominations

The Screen Actors Guild Nominations were announced yesterday. Babel, Little Miss Sunshine, and Dreamgirls led the pack with three nominations each.

The SAG Awards will be presented on January 28.


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio – Blood Diamond
Ryan Gosling – Half Nelson
Peter O’Toole – Venus
Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Penelope Cruz – Volver
Judi Dench – Notes on a Scandal
Helen Mirren – The Queen
Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet – Little Children

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin – Little Miss Sunshine
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed
Jackie Earle Haley – Little Children
Djimon Hounsou – Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy – Dreamgirls

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Adriana Barraza – Babel
Cate Blanchett – Notes on a Scandal
Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine
Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi – Babel

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Babel
Bobby
The Departed
Dreamgirls
Little Miss Sunshine

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Here is the complete list of nominees.

The SAG Awards, I feel, are more representative of the Academy Awards than the Golden Globes Awards. Mostly because the major awards are not split between the genres. The actors nominated for SAG Awards will most likely be nominated an Oscar.

It’s interesting that big names such as Beyonce (Dreamgirls), Brad Pitt (Babel) and Jack Nicholson (The Departed) were passed over for nominations. I don’t expect Beyonce or Brad Pitt to be nominated for Oscars, but I definitely think Nicholson will be.

Aside from Nicholson not being nominated, I really have no problems with any of the SAG nominations. There seem to be no other major snubs and no major surprises either.

But maybe you see things a bit differently. So feel free to let me know.

Best Picture Contenders

With only 88 days until the Academy Awards, it is time to start thinking about the possible nominees.

Here are 2007 Best Picture early contenders according to Entertainment Weekly. [SOURCE]
Definites:
Babel
Dreamgirls

Maybes:

Flags of our Fathers


The Good Shepard
Little Children
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen

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And what do I think?

The Departed and Dreamgirls will without a doubt be nominated. I can’t see why not.

I’m on the fence about Babel. But as of right now, there is no other movie that can fill it’s spot.

Flags of Our Fathers is a big NO! No shot. Guarantee it.

I have yet to see Little Children so I’m not sure where I stand on that.

The Good Shepard has yet to be released (December 22).

I wouldn’t be surprised if The Queen was nominated.

Little Miss Sunshine is the one movie that is going to go far at this year’s Academy Awards and surprise everyone. I’m willing to put money on it.

My Predictions:

Little Miss Sunshine

The Departed

The Queen

Dreamgirls

Babel

The Mount Holyoke News: Little Miss Sunshine

 

With the Oscars just beginning, there is one movie on every Academy voters radar: the indie comedy, Little Miss Sunshine.

Released back in July and still playing, the film is the story of a dysfunctional family’s three day road trip in a VW bus to the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. It quickly won over audiences.

During the weekend of August 23, the movie nearly matched its production budget of $8 million, earning the number three spot at the box office. As of October 15, Little Miss Sunshine’s total domestic revenue is over $56 million.

The movie has begun to collect major critical prizes as well, receiving the Audience Award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the Deauville Film Festival. (Crash won the top prize the Deauville Film Festival last year; it went on to win the Best Picture Academy Award.)

Why all the love for this indie black comedy?

To put it simply, the film has everything to offer. From an endearing plotline and lovable characters to a wildly humourous screenplay and great performances, it is a perfect movie experience.

Little Miss Sunshine has one secret weapon; 10-year-old Abigail Breslin. Playing 7-year-old Olive with a big smile, big glasses and a huge heart, Breslin is currently campaigning for a Best Supporting Actress nomination. Perhaps, in light of Keisha Castle-Hughes nomination for Whale Rider in 2002, child actors are being considered for lead categories she even has a shot at a Best Actress nomination.

If you haven’t made time for this movie yet, do so. Lucky for us, Little Miss Sunshine is showing right across Route 116 at Tower Theaters.

Published: The Mount Holyoke News, reprinted with permission
November 2, 2006

Little Miss Sunshine Tops The Deauville Film Festival

This bit of news has made me very happy.

Little Miss Sunshine wins top prize at Deauville film festival [SOURCE]

DEAUVILLE, France (AP) – The road trip comedy Little Miss Sunshine’ won the top prize Sunday at France’s Deauville Film Festival for American movies.

The black comedy starring Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette and Steve Carell tells the story of a family’s calamitous trip to a child’s beauty pageant.

The jury prize went to director Ryan Fleck’s Half Nelson,’ starring Ryan Gosling as a junior high school teacher addicted to crack cocaine, while best screenplay honors went to writer-director Laurie Collyer’s Sherrybaby, with Maggie Gyllenhaal as a junkie trying to put her life in order after prison.

The festival at the Normandy resort is a European showcase for mainly small-budget American films. French director Nicole Garcia presided over a nine-member jury.

Last year, Paul Haggis’ Crash won the top prize at Deauville, then went on to win the Oscar for best picture.

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The Deauville Film Festival, albeit a small film festival geared towards low-budget American films, picked some Oscar forerunners.

The three films mentioned in the article will possibly cause a stir this award season.

I’m personally expecting big things from Little Miss Sunshine, maybe even a nod for Steve Carell ( a girl can dream).