It was rumored to be a shoo-in for Eddie Murphy, who'd won numerous other awards for his role in "Dreamgirls," but Alan Arkin — a Chicago homeboy, as we reported this week — wins the award. I guess that's what you get for turning in "Norbit" while the ballots are still out.
‘‘More than anything, I’m deeply moved by the open-hearted appreciation our small film has received, which in these fragmented times speaks so openly of the possibility of innocence,’’ Arkin said.
Arkin, 72, won the same prize for supporting actor a day earlier at the Spirit Awards, which honor the best of independent film. ‘‘Little Miss Sunshine,’’ which premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, ruled the Spirit Awards with four prizes, including best picture.
Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert — who picked "Babel" to win to top prize tonight — wrote earlier tonight: "By the time 'Sunshine' began to run up its victories Saturday at the Independent Spirit Awards, I had a sinking feeling that my Oscar prediction was wrong, wrong, wrong.