The 2011 Sundance Film Festival has announced its awards. indieWIRE was on the scene at the ceremony, and has a complete list of winners below.
Drake Doremus’s romantic drama “Like Crazy” – one of the big sales of the fest – led the U.S. Dramatic Competition.
“Thank you to my mom and dad for making me believe in love so I could make this film one day,” Doremus said on stage.
The film follows young American guy and a young British girl meet in college and fall in love. Their love is tested when she is required to leave the country and they must face the challenges of a long-distance relationship. Read indieWIRE’s review here.
“Martha Marcy May Marlene” took best directing for Sean Durkin.
“I have so much support in my life,” Durkin said, affectionately pointing to his parents and wife in the audience.
Presenter America Ferrera declared this year’s Sundance “year of the actress” when presenting the special jury prize, leading everyone to wonder which actress would take the prize. In the end, “Like Crazy”‘s Felicity Jones won (over the likes of Elizabeth Olsen and Brit Marling).
“When I introduce the film I cried,” “Another Happy Day” writer/director Sam Levinson said upon winning the screenwriting award. “So I don’t know what the fuck’s going to happen now.”
The U.S. Documentary section saw Peter D. Richardson’s “How To Die In Oregon” take the top prize.
“In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide,” the film is described. “‘How to Die in Oregon’ gently enters the lives of terminally ill Oregonians to illuminate the power of death with dignity.
“It’s an incredible honor to be here,” Richardson said. “First I need to acknowledge the incredible documentaries in this section.”
Read the review here.
“Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles,” “If a Tree Falls” and “Being Elmo” were among the other major winners.
Anne Sewitsky’s “Happy Happy” led the World Dramatic competition winners, taking the Grand Jury Prize. “A perfect housewife, who just happens to be sex-starved, struggles to keep her emotions in check when an attractive family moves in next door,” the film is described by the fest.”
“Thank you jury, thank you Sundance,” Sewitsky said on stage. “I’m really happy, happy.”
Paddy Considine’s “Tyrannosaur” was also a major winner in the section, taking directing and a special jury prize for acting.
The World Documentary section saw Danfung Dennis’s “Hell and Back Again” take top honors, winning the grand jury prize and cinematography. Told through the eyes of one Marine from the start of his 2009 Aghanistan tour to his distressing return and rehabilitation in the U.S., “Hell” witnesses what modern “unconventional” warfare really means to the men who are fighting it.
“This is for those who didn’t come back,” Dennis passionately said on stage..
Submarine’s Josh Braun accepted the award for James Marsh’s “Project Nim,” which won best direction in the section.
“I think they couldn’t be here because the adoption papers came through for their own chimpanzee,” Braun joked.
The festival’s four audience awards went to “Circumstance” in U.S Dramatic, “Buck” in U.S. Documentary, “Kinyarwanda” in World Dramatic, and “Senna” in World Documentary.
The complete list of announced winners:
Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic:
Grand Jury Prize, Documentary:
How To Die In Oregon
World Cinema Jury Prize, Dramatic:
World Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary:
Hell and Back Again
Dramatic Audience Award:
Documentary Audience Award:
World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award:
World Cinema Documentary Audience Award:
The Best of NEXT Audience Award:
Directing Award, Dramatic:
Martha Marcy May Marlene, directed by Sean Durkin
Directing Award, Documentary:
Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, directed by Jon Foy
World Cinema Directing Award, Dramatic:
Tyrannosaur, directed by Paddy Considine
World Cinema Directing Award, Documentary:
Project Nim, directed by James Marsh
Waldo Scott Screenwriting Award:
Another Happy Day
World Cinema Screenwriting Award:
Documentary Editing Award:
If a Tree Falls
World Cinema Documentary Editing Award:
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
Excellence in Cinematography Award, Dramatic:
Excellence in Cinematography Award, Documentary:
The Redemption of General Butt Naked
World Cinema Cinematography Award, Dramatic:
All Your Dead Ones
World Cinema Cinematography Award, Documentary:
Hell and Back Again
Special Jury Prize: Dramatic (Acting):
Felicity Jones for “Like Crazy”
Special Jury Prize: Dramatic:
Special Jury Prize: Documentary:
World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Documentary
Position Among The Stars
World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Dramatic
Tyrannosaur, for acting
Alfred P. Sloan Prize
Another Earth, directed by Mike Cahill
Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award:
The Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking:
Brick Novax pt 1 and 2, Director and Screenwriter: Matt Piedmont
The Jury Prize in International Short Filmmaking :
Deeper Than Yesterday, Director and Screenwriter: Ariel Kleiman
The Shorts Jury Honorable Mentions in Short Filmmaking to:
Choke, Drector and Screenwriter: Michelle Latimer
Diarchy, Director and Screenwriter: Ferdinando Cito Filmomarino)es.
The External World, Director and Screenwriter: David O’Reilly
The Legend of Beaver Dam, Director: Jerome Sable; Screenwriters: Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion
Out of Reach, Director and Screenwriter: Jakub Stozek
Protoparticles, Director and Screenwriter: Chema García Ibarra