'Little Miss Sunshine' wins the pre-Oscar beauty contest
Monday 22 January 2007
It only cost $8m (£4m) to make, but Little Miss Sunshine has become a serious contender for an Oscar after emerging as the surprise winner at an influential Hollywood awards ceremony.
The film won best picture award at the Producers Guild of America over the weekend. It follows the Hoover family as they take to the road to get their seven-year-old daughter, Olive (played by Abigail Breslin), into the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. The story depicts sexualised little-girl monsters strutting their stuff in the competitive world of wannabe babes.
The nomination from the Producers Guild of America - an association made up of film and television producers - has previously been echoed at the Academy Awards, where the Oscars are handed out. It has predicted the eventual best-picture Oscar 11 times in the past 17 years - although not for the past two years.
Last year, the Guild chose Brokeback Mountain while the Academy eventually went for Crash and the year before it went for The Aviator, the story of Howard Hughes' life featuring Leonardo DiCaprio which lost out to Million Dollar Baby on Oscar night.
However, many of the Guild's members also belong to the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences, which awards the Oscars. The Oscar winners will be announced on 25 February during the 79th annual Academy Awards.
Little Miss Sunshine has been a commercial and critical hit - earning $60m in the US so far. At Saturday evening's ceremony it was up against much more expensively produced movies - including cultural drama Babel, crime thriller The Departed, musical Dreamgirls and The Queen, starring Helen Mirren.
In other awards given out by the Producers Guild, Cars was named the year's best animated movie. NBC's The Office - the US adaptation of Ricky Gervais's BBC sitcom - won the award for the best television comedy series. The non-fiction television award went to CBS's flagship news show, 60 Minutes.
Abigail Breslin, star ofLittle Miss Sunshine, has previously appeared in two movies - Keane and The Santa Clause 3. The film is directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris - both of whom are established in music television and commercials. This is their first film feature.
Little Miss Sunshine also stars Alan Arkin as Olive's grandfather, a heroin-snorting womaniser, Greg Kinnear as his son Richard, an uninspiring motivational speaker, and Paul Dano as his grandson Dwayne, the proud possessor of a "Jesus Was Wrong" T-shirt who reads Nietzsche and has taken a vow of silence until he qualifies as a pilot. Toni Collette plays Richard's wife, Sheryl, who is forced to look after her suicidal brother Frank (played by Steve Carell), a gay literary genius in meltdown.
It was released by Fox Searchlight, a unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.
'At times I thought he was me'film
Review: One Direction, Fourmusic
Review: The World of Ice and Firebooks
Film More romcom than S&M
Review: The Imitation Gamefilm
Comedy...to show her mastectomy scars
TVNetflix gets cryptic
TV review A moving film showing kids too busy to enjoy their youth
Books Not even a Man Booker prize could save Richard Flanagan from a nomination
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 'Not suppost to cry': 9-year-old lists the worst things about being a boy
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Lee Evans announces his retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars
Iggy Azalea responds to Eminem rape lyrics: 'I'm bored of old men threatening young women'
Angelina Jolie confirms retirement from acting: 'I've never been comfortable on-screen'
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking leaked footage from Lana Del Rey rape video
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track