Review: Little Miss Sunshine [2006]

Little Miss SunshineRunning Time: 1 hr. 41 min.
Release Date: July 26th, 2006 (limited)
U.S. Box Office:$59,856,872
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Produced in: United States
Directed by: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

Cast:
Abigail Breslin …. Olive Hoover
Greg Kinnear …. Richard Hoover
Paul Dano …. Dwayne Hoover
Alan Arkin …. Grandpa
Toni Collette …. Sheryl Hoover
Steve Carell …. Frank Ginsberg

Wins

* Academy Awards — Best Original Screenplay;
* Academy Awards — Best Supporting Actor- Alan Arkin;
* AFI Awards — Movie of the Year – Official Selection;
* Producers Guild of America Awards — Theatrical Motion Pictures;
* Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards — Best Screenplay – Michael Arndt;
* Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards — Best Young Actor – Paul Dano;
* Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards — Best Young Actress – Abigail Breslin;
* Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture – Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin and Alan Arkin;
* BAFTA Awards — Best Screenplay, Original – Michael Arndt;
* BAFTA Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Alan Arkin;
* 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture – Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin and Alan Arkin;
* Writers Guild of America Awards — Original Screenplay – Michael Arndt;
* Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature – Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa;
* Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director – Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris;
* Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Screenplay – Michael Arndt;
* Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male – Alan Arkin;
* Deauville Film Festival — Grand Special Prize;
* Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards — Best Screenplay – Michael Arndt;
* Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards — New Generation Award – Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris and Michael Arndt;
* Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival — Audience Award;
* Southeastern Film Critics Association — Best Screenplay, Original – Michael Arndt;
* Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association — Best Screenplay, Original – Michael Arndt;
* Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association — Best Ensemble Cast – Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin and Alan Arkin;
* Vancouver Film Critics Circle — Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Alan Arkin;
* Tokyo International Film Festival — Best Director – Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris;
* Tokyo International Film Festival — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Abigail Breslin;
* Tokyo International Film Festival — Audience Award;
* César Award — Best Foreign Film;
* Palm Springs International Film Fest — Chairman’s Vanguard Award;
* Online Film Critics Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Abigail Breslin;
* Online Film Critics Awards — Breakthrough Filmmaker – Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris;
* St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Awards — Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy;
* Iowa Film Critics Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Abigail Breslin;
* The Stephen Colbert Life Time Achievement Award for best Indie Film

Nominations

* Academy Awards — Best Picture
* Academy Awards — Best Supporting Actress- Abigail Breslin;
* Golden Globe — Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy;
* Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Toni Collette;
* Directors Guild of America Awards — Oustanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures – Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris;
* BAFTA Awards — Best Picture;
* BAFTA Awards — Best Director – Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris;
* BAFTA Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Abigail Breslin;
* BAFTA Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Toni Collette;
* Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male – Paul Dano;
* Grammy Awards — Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media – Various Artists;
* Gotham Awards — Best Ensemble Cast – Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin and Alan Arkin;
* Gotham Awards — Breakthrough Award – Abigail Breslin;
* Satellite Awards — Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy;
* Satellite Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Toni Collette;
* Satellite Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Alan Arkin;
* Satellite Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Abigail Breslin;
* Satellite Awards — Best Original Song – Devotchka for the song “Till the End of Time”;
* 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role – Alan Arkin;
* 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Abigail Breslin;
* Costume Designers Guild Awards — Excellence in Costume Design for Film Contemporary – Nancy Steiner;
* Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards — Best Picture;
* Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards — Best Comedy Movie;
* Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role – Alan Arkin;
* Chicago Film Critics Association Awards — Best Picture;
* Chicago Film Critics Association Awards — Best Screenplay, Original – Michael Arndt;
* Chicago Film Critics Association Awards — Best Supporting Actress – Abigail Breslin;
* Chicago Film Critics Association Awards — Best Supporting Actress – Toni Collette;
* Chicago Film Critics Association Awards — Most Promising Director – Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris;
* GLAAD Media Awards: Outstanding Film – Wide Release;
* Vancouver Film Critics Circle — Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Steve Carell;
* American Cinema Editors — Best Edited Feature Film – Comedy or Musical – Pamela Martin;
* Frat Pack Earmuff Award for Best Picture, 2006

I Say…

One heck of a laugh trip movie, but still full of heart. Little Miss Sunshine made a serious entrance wherein family members were introduced one by one, giving viewers an idea of what they’re like. The Hoover Family: Mom, Dad, kids, plus Grandpa and Uncle. Altogether, they form a family on the verge of falling apart.

Every character in the story was unique, and I find them transparent because you can see their strengths and weaknesses and then afterwards come up with a conclusion that they are human through and through. They ride the yellow and white van, traveling 700 Miles from Alberquerque, New Mexico down to Redondo Beach in California, you follow their story and learn from each stop over. Not all can remain focused subjected to the situations they’ve been in. I found it amazing how this family held on and tried working things out. I personally love the mother’s character, because despite the tribulations and disturbances along the way, she was able to keep them whole and was able to enforce the true meaning of “family”

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