'Little Miss Sunshine' Crashes PGA Party
Can an indie comedy top 'The Departed' and 'Dreamgirls'?
"Little Miss Sunshine," the Little Sundance Comedy That Could, was one of the five films announced Wednesday (Jan. 3) at nominees for the PGA best picture prize. Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf and Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa were the named producers of the Fox Searchlight-distributed hit.
Going up against "Sunshine" are four of the year's established Oscar favorites -- "Babel," "The Departed," "Dreamgirls" and "The Queen."
The winner of the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year award will be presented in a Jan. 20 ceremony. The past two PGA winners -- "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Aviator" -- actually lost out for the best picture Oscar, snapping a more synchronized streak in which 11 of 15 PGA winners took the best picture Oscar.
In addition, the PGA also announced its animated film nominees, led by the smash hits "Cars," "Happy Feet" and "Ice Age: The Meltdown." Also earning nominations were "Monster House" and "Flushed Away."