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into the con­ver­sa­tion.”

In 2007, the Os­cars still had only five best pic­ture nom­i­nees.

So that, ac­cord­ing to Saraf, “the Globes had room for more pic­tures and that changed the equa­tion and made it help­ful for more movies. The com­edy or mu­si­cal cat­e­gory opens things up for a dif­fer­ent kind of movie…the straigh­ta­head drama will al­ways be taken more se­ri­ously in the awards con­sid­er­a­tion. The Golden Globes helps to en­liven that con­ver­sa­tion a lit­tle bit.”

By ex­pand­ing the con­ver­sa­tion, Saraf adds, “there’s a lit­tle bit of a pop­ulist sen­si­bil­ity in terms of the movies that they take into the fold. There’s a lit­tle less pomp and cir­cum­stance and a lit­tle more cel­e­bra­tion.”

Of course, “Lit­tle Miss Sun­shine” didn’t win ei­ther prize tro­phy — best pic­ture or the Golden Globe for mu­si­cal or com­edy. How­ever, by dint of its nom­i­na­tion, “Lit­tle Miss Sun­shine” shone at all the awards from the WGA to the DGA to the Film In­de­pen­dent Spir­its and the Os­cars.

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