Academy Awards: Go Little Miss Sunshine!

I'm so excited for the Academy Awards tonight! For the first time ever, I've seen just about every film nominated. (I'm a member of the Writers Guild of America, so I get invited to tons of movie screenings and receive movie screener copies in the mail. Yes, lucky me!) Of everything, I'd have to say my hands-down favorite is Little Miss Sunshine. I loved it more than Babel, The Queen, The Departed, Dreamgirls - everything.

And now for a quick story... About a year ago I met a guy on the subway and we started chatting about a book I was reading, which led to us chatting about what we did for a living. Come to find out, he's one of the founders of Big Beach, a New York-based company that produces and finances independent feature films and documentaries - and one of the producers of Little Miss Sunshine. He lives in my neighborhood and is a really nice guy... so go Little Miss Sunshine! Brooklyn unite!

And now for my picks in the big categories:

Picture..... Little Miss Sunshine
Lead Actor..... Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness (This movie holds a special place in my heart.)
Lead Actress..... Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal (Y'all must see this movie.)
Supporting Actor..... Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine (Close runner-up... Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children)
Supporting Actress..... Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine
Director..... Martin Scorsese, The Departed (Come on, already.)
Adapted Screenplay..... Patrick Marber, Notes on a Scandal
Original Screenplay..... Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine
Okay, off to watch the show! Until next time... Everybody, pretend to be normal!