Michael Slezak
January 22, 2007 AT 09:00 PM EST

Oscar pundits who’ve been viewing the race for Best Picture as a battle among The Departed, Dreamgirls, and Babel got a new angle to consider this weekend when the Producers Guild of America handed its top prize the family road-trip comedy Little Miss Sunshine (starring Abigail Brelin, pictured). Notably, with its $8 million budget, Sunshine is the least expensive PGA winner ever, according to Variety; yet as Movie City News points out, it’s also the second-lowest-grossing winner in the group’s history (behind only Moulin Rouge).

The PGA trophy certainly gives Sunshine added Oscar clout — 11 of 17 PGA best picture winners have gone on to nab the Academy Award — but it hasn’t been an accurate predictor the last two years. In 2005 and 2006, PGA honored The Aviator and Brokeback Mountain respectively, while the Oscars went to Million Dollar Baby and Crash.

Nonetheless, I’ve got to ask you, PopWatchers: Would a Best Picture Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine delight you or leave you scratching your head? While it usually peeves me that comedies don’t get the awards-season respect that they’re entitled to, I can’t bring myself to hop aboard the yellow minibus on this one. I mean, Sunshine has some cute moments, but best picture? Seriously? What think you?addCredit(“Little Miss Sunshine: Eric Lee”)

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