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Crime At Academy Awards: Gangster Movie Outguns Little Miss Sunshine
Hollywood reverted to type at this year�s 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 can�t 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 � and, for his performance, won, as Alan Arkin, the award for best supporting actor.
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