I gotta tell ya, this is a great movie! It reminded me of something you would see during a long afternoon in Park City. It had indy written all over it, yet had actors/actresses of high calibur.
I think in the coming years we are going to see this style of production really take off.
I loved the movie and the acting was fantastic...hope it wins some Oscars!
im going to have to rent this movie tonight! Sounds awesome! for sure!
We just finally saw this over the weekend. Loved it. Hilarious and brilliant. I wish more movies were like this. What a great cast.
We loved this movie. The storyline was excellent and the casting was perfect. We have been telling all our friends this is a must see.
'Sunshine,' 'Departed' win script prizes
Posted 2/12/2007 12:51 AM ET
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Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt
was awarded for best original screenplay.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mob epic The Departed and the road-trip comedy Little Miss Sunshine won top honors Sunday at the Writers Guild of America Awards
William Monahan won the adapted-screenplay prize for The Departed, Martin Scorsese's saga about rival moles who have infiltrated the police and a crime gang. The film was based on the Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs
With his debut script, Michael Arndt received the award for original screenplay for Little Miss Sunshine, directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' tale of a family's outrageous mishaps on the way to their little girl's beauty pageant.
Arndt and Monahan are nominated in the same categories for Feb. 25's Academy Awards. Both films also are competing for the best-picture prize.
The Writers Guild gave its award for documentary screenplay to writer-director Amy Berg for Deliver Us From Evil, a portrait of families victimized by a Roman Catholic priest who admitted to sexually abusing at least 25 children.
Deliver Us From Evil is nominated for best documentary at the Oscars.
Little Miss Sunshine co-star Steve Carell earned two guild television honors, one for writing the Casino Night episode of the comedy The Office and a second shared with other scribes of the show for best comedy-series writing. Carell also stars on the The Office.
The guild's other television awards included: The Sopranos, dramatic series writing; Ugly Betty, new series writing; Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer for episodic drama for the pilot of Big Love ; Nevin Schreiner for long-form writing for the Sept. 11 drama Flight 93 ; and Saturday Night Live, comedy-variety series writing.
Could this wonderful film "sneak" up on the other Best Picture Nominee: Babel?
To be honest, I didn't like it.
'Sunshine' brightest star at Independent Spirit Awards
By Gregg Kilday
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 25, 2007
"Little Miss Sunshine," the indie success story of 2006, claimed the top prize of best feature at the 2007 Film Independent Spirit Awards, held Saturday at a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
The Fox Searchlight release, an off-beat comedy about a family struggling with its concepts of success, also picked up awards for the directing team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, best supporting male actor Alan Arkin, who plays the family's uninhibited grandfather, and screenwriter Michael Arndt, who was awarded the best first screenplay trophy.
Other acting honors went to "Half Nelson" stars Ryan Gosling and Sharkeeka Epps, named best male lead and best female lead respectively, for the film about the relationship between a drug-addicted teacher and one of his students. Frances McDormand was honored as best supporting female for her work in "Friends with Money."
'Sunshine' brightens Spirit Awards
Comedy wins feature, directing, first screenplay
By Dave McNary
February 24, 2007
http://a330.g.akamai.net/7/330/23382...unshine125.jpg'Little Miss Sunshine' wins top honors at Spirit Awards.
http://a330.g.akamai.net/7/330/23382...die_nelson.jpgRyan Gosling won the best actor trophy for 'Half Nelson'
"Little Miss Sunshine" turned on the heat Saturday at the Independent Spirit Awards, winning top feature, directing for Jonathan Daytor and Valerie Faris, first screenplay for Michael Arndt and supporting actor for Alan Arkin.
Fox Searchlight's "Sunshine" dominated the awards, announced in afternoon ceremonies in a tent on Santa Monica Beach, with its quartet of wins. Thinkfilm's "Half Nelson" was the only other pic to garner more than one award as Ryan Gosling and Shareeka Epps took the respective male and female lead actor awards.
"Little Miss Sunshine," the top box office performer among indies last year with worldwide grosses of $95 million, topped "Half-Nelson," IFC's "American Gun," First Look's "The Dead Girl" and Picturehouse's "Pan's Labyrinth" in the best feature category. The win maintains recent awards-season momentum for the dysfuctional family comedy following victories at the Producers Guild, Screen Actors Guild for top ensemble and Writers Guild for best original screenplay.
As with the PGA award, the Spirit Award for "Little Miss Sunshine" went to all five producers -- David Friendly, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. The latter two producers have been excluded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences from receiving an Oscar should "Sunshine" win the Best Picture Oscar due to the AMPAS rule limiting the number of recognized producers to three.
"Little Miss Sunshine" could join "Platoon" as the only Spirit Award feature winners to also take home the Academy Award for Best Picture. Last year's Spirit winner "Brokeback Mountain" lost out Best Picture Oscar to "Crash," which also won the Spirit Award's best first feature trophy.
"Sunshine" and "Half-Nelson" had led the Spirit nominations with five each. Arkin topped castmate Paul Dano for his supporting actor trophy.