'Little Miss Sunshine' Wins Producers' Guild Honor

Oscar nominations are due Tuesday, and an underdog Best Picture prospect got a boost over the weekend. The Producers Guild of America picked Little Miss Sunshine for best picture.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

For those keeping track, the Oscar nominations will be announced early tomorrow morning in Hollywood. And one possible best picture nominee got a surprise boost over the weekend. "Little Miss Sunshine" was chosen as best picture by the Producer's Guild of America. It's a low-budget comedy about a dysfunctional family's road trip taking a seven-year-old to a beauty pageant. Her coach is her porn-loving, heroin-addicted grandfather.

(Soundbite from movie, "Little Miss Sunshine")

Ms. ABIGAIL BRESLIN (Child Actress): (As Olive) I don't want to be a loser.

Mr. ALAN ARKIN (Actor): (As Grandpa) You're not a loser. Where did you get the idea you're a loser?

Ms. BRESLIN: Because daddy hates losers.

Mr. ARKIN: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Back up a minute. You know what a loser is? A real loser is somebody that's so afraid of not winning, they don't even try. Now, you're trying, right?

Ms. BRESLIN: Yeah.

Mr. ARKIN: Then you're not a loser.

INSKEEP: "Little Miss Sunshine" has taking in $60 million in the United States after being made for a paltry sum by Hollywood standards, a mere $8 million. Its Oscar prospects are still uncertain because the Academy Awards are famously unkind to comedies. Several times recently, the Producer's Guild's best picture was not the Academy's best picture.

Last year, the producers picked "Brokeback Mountain." The Academy Award went to "Crash."

(Soundbite of song, "Can't Touch This")

Music used in "Little Miss Sunshine" on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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