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Little Miss Sunshine

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Original title
Little Miss Sunshine
Running time
101 min.
United States United States
Michael Arndt
Mychael Danna, Devotchka
Tim Suhrstedt
Fox Searchlight, Big Beach
Comedy. Drama | Family Relationships. Road Movie. Comedy-Drama. Independent Film (US)
Meet the conflictive Hoover family: a grandfather who snorts coke and swears, the father, a struggling motivational speaker, a mother who can't cope, an uncle recovering from a failed suicide attempt after being dumped by his boyfriend, a Nietzsche-worshipping son who has taken a vow of silence and little Olive, the four-eyed, slightly pudgy youngster of the bunch who dreams of being beautiful. When luck has Olive invited to participate in the highly competitive 'Little Miss Sunshine' pageant in California, they all hop into the rusty old VW bus to accompany her westwards to her big debut in three mad days of tragicomic surprises; this is a family whose lives are in for a change.
Rankings Position
2006: 2 Oscar: Best Original Screenplay, Supp. Actor (Arkin). 4 Nom.
2006: 2 Nominations for Golden Globe: Best Movie Comedy or Musical, Actress
2006: 2 BAFTA Awards: Best Original Screenplay and Sup. Actor (Arkin). 6 Nom.
2006: Cesar Awards: Best Foreign Language Picture
2006: New York Film Critics Circle: 3 Nominations, including Best Sup. Actor (Carrell)
2006: 4 Independent Spirit Awards: including Best Film, Director and Supp. Actor (Arkin)
2006: San Sebastian Film Festival: Audience Award
2006: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: New Generation Award. 2 Nominations
2006: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2006: Film Critics Circle of New York: 3 Nominations
2006: 4 Critics' Choice Awards, including Best Writer and Acting Ensemble. 7 Nom.
2006: National Board of Review (NBR): Top Ten Films of the Year
2006: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best Film
2006: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
2006: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Screenplay
2006: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Performance by a Cast. 3 Nom.
2006: Chicago Film Critics Association: 5 Nom., incl. Best Picture
2006: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best New Filmmaker
2007: Sur Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
2006: David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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