"Don't hate me because I won, I love that other film too," Leto said.
Lucky for Leto, "Beasts" took home the award for Breakthrough Director immediately following the singer-actor's win, for its helmer Benh Zeitlin.
"Beasts" did lose out on the next award, though. Many expected its young star Quvenzhané Wallis to take the breakthrough actor award, but she was beat out by another actress from a Sundance Film Festival hit, Emayatzy Corinealdi from "Middle of Nowhere."
"Your Sister's Sister" also surprised later in the ceremony, beating out the likes of "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Silver Linings Playbook" for best ensemble performance thanks to its trio of actors in Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass and Emily Blunt.
Following a tribute to "Rust and Bone" star Marion Cotillard, Sundance fave "How to Survive a Plague" won one of the year's first awards in the documentary race, beating out "Detropia" and the much buzzed-about doc "Room 237."
Finally, Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" won the night's biggest honor, best feature. The film beat out "The Master" and "Middle of Nowhere" and followed in the footsteps of recent winners like "The Tree of Life," "Beginners" (which tied last year), and "Winter's Bone."
A complete list of winners on the next page.