Thursday, January 23, 2014

Little Miss Sunshine

2006 American Feature

Cast: Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Wallace Langham and Beth Grant
Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Writer: Michael Arndt

Convinced that their little Olive is beauty queen material, her parents load the rest of the family — including her silent brother, depressed gay uncle and wacky grandpa — into a van and embark on a life-altering road trip to California for the "Little Miss Sunshine" pageant.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 91% / Audience: 91%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 80% / Audience: 7.6%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Arkin) and Original Screenplay; also nominated for Best Picture and Supporting Actress (Breslin).
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Arkin) and Original Screenplay; also nominated for Best Film, Direction and Supporting Actress (Breslin, Collette).
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Writer, Acting Ensemble, Young Actor (Dano) and Young Actress (Breslin); also nominated for Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Arkin) and Comedy Movie.
  • C├ęsar Award for Best Foreign Film.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical and Actress - Comedy or Musical (Collette).
  • Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature, Director, Supporting Actor (Arkin) and First Screenplay; also nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Dano).
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation Award (Dayton, Faris and Arndt).
  • Online Film Critics Society Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Breslin) and Breakthrough Filmmaker.
  • Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture; also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor (Arkin) and Supporting Actress (Breslin).
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.

  • Feature film debut of husband-wife directorial team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris as well as screenwriter Michael Arndt.
  • Casting Call: Thomas Haden Church, Bill Murray and Robin Williams.
  • A stage musical based on Little Miss Sunshine, with music and lyrics by William Finn and book and direction by James Lapine, premiered in San Diego in 2011. The cast included Hunter Foster, Malcolm Gets and Dick Latessa. After a major rewrite of the show, it opened Off-Broadway in 2013, with a cast that included Stephanie J. Block, Rory O'Malley, David Rasche and Will Swenson.

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