Director: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris Cast: Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Justin Shilton, Gordon Thomson, Bryan Cranston, Paula Newsome, Dean Norris, Beth Grant, Matt Winston, Mel Rodriguez, Lauren Shiohama, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Wallace Langham
Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Arkin); Best Original Screenplay (Michael Arndt)
Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Abigail Breslin)
I First Saw In: 2008
Synopsis: A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
Quotables: OLIVE: I’d like to dedicate this to my grandpa, who showed me these moves.
PAGEANT MC: Aww, that is so sweet. Is he here? Where’s your grandpa right now?
OLIVE: In the trunk of our car.
And now a Word from the Guise:
I love this movie. It’s so awkwardly cute and quirky. It’s honest and real. The entire cast is excellent. The screenplay is brilliant. Everything about it is perfect.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233