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Crime At Academy Awards: Gangster Movie Outguns Little Miss Sunshine
Hollywood reverted to type at this yearís Academy Awards, presenting its Oscar for best picture to yet another gangster movie, while passing over that rare production, a charming, if offbeat, piece of innocent merriment, Little Miss Sunshine.
Of course, there were militating factors. The members of the academy felt it was high-time to award at least one Oscar to one of its all-time leading directors of the lucrative gangster genre.
Yet it was a sad tale and, in fact, a crime to see Little Miss Sunshine robbed of the gold for the zany entertainment in which, we note, not a single gun was fired.
We canít help but think it would have been far better to give Mr. Scorsese a lifetime achievement award and let the Oscar for best picture go to the sunny side of the street.
In the violence-weary world, the loss was enough to make one wish the lass who would be Little Miss Sunshine leaped up onto the stage and, as a protest, did a reprise of the surprising strip her grandfather taught her how to do Ė and, for his performance, won, as Alan Arkin, the award for best supporting actor.
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