Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone rounded off a triumphant day as it claimed the Sundance grand jury dramatic prize at the awards ceremony on Saturday night, hours after Roadside Attractions acquired North American rights.
Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s Restrepo (pictured) won the corresponding documentary prize.
The World Cinema dramatic and documentary jury prizes went to David Michod’s Animal Kingdomfrom Australia and Mads Brugger’s Danish entry The Red Chapel (Det Rode Kapel), respectively.
The documentary audience award was presented to Davis Guggenheim’s Waiting For Superman, which was snapped up by Paramount days before the festival. Josh Radnor’s crowd pleaser happythankyoumoreplease took the dramatic prize.
The dramatic world cinema audience award went to Javier Fuentes-Leon’s Undertow (Contracorriente) from Peru//Colombia/ France/Germany, while Lucy Walker’s UK/Brazil selection Waste Land won documentary honours.
The inaugural Best Of Next award selected by ballots cast by the eight Next film-makers in the no or low budget section went to Todd Barnes and Brad Barnes’ Homewrecker.
Eric Mendelsohn claimed the dramatic directing award for 3 Backyards and Leon Gast emerged victorious in the documentary directing vote for Smash His Camera.
The World Cinema directing award went to Juan Carlos Valdivia for Southern District, which was this year’s Bolivian foreign language Oscar submission. Documentary honours went to Christian Frei’s Space Tourists from Switzerland.
The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award was presented to Winter’s Bone, written by Granik and Anne Rosellini. The World Cinema Screenwriting Award went to Southern District, written by Valdivia.
The documentary editing award was presented to Joan Rivers – A Piece Of Workedited by Penelope Falk and the German-Israeli A Film Unfinished edited by Joelle Alexis
The dramatic excellence in cinematography award was presented to Obselidia cinematographer Zak Mulligan and the documentary prize went to Kirsten Johnson and Laura Poitras for The Oath.
In the corresponding world cinema cinematography awards, Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat won the dramatic prize for their work on the Argentinean selection The Man Next Door (El Hombre De Al Lado), and Kate McCullough and Michael Lavelle triumphed in the documentary category for His & Hers (Ireland).
A World Cinema special jury dramatic prize for breakout performance was presented to Tatiana Maslany for Grown Up Movie Star (Canada) and a World Cinema special jury documentary award was handed out to Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath’s Cambodian genocide film Enemies of The People(Cambodia/UK).
Finally, a special jury documentary prize was presented to Josh Fox’s Gasland, while a special jury dramatic prize was awarded to Mark Ruffalo’s feature directorial debut Sympathy For Delicious, directed by Mark Ruffalo
As previously reported here, the 2010 jury prize in short film-making was awarded to Jeremy Konner’s Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln, and the jury prize in international short filmmaking went to Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland’s New Zealand entry The Six Dollar Fifty Man.
Diane Bell’s Obselidia won the Alfred P Sloan Prize and a $20,000 cash award, while the Sundance Institute and NHK winners were: Amat Escalante for Heli from Mexico; Andrey Zvyagintsev for Elena from Russia; Daisuke Yamaoka for The Wonderful Lives At Asahigaoka from Japan; and Benh Zeitlin for Beasts Of The Southern Wild from the US.
“Great films make for a great festival,” festival director John Cooper said. “This year it was as if I could feel a shift in the DNA of the film community – the reaction to the films was inspiring.”
“These awards celebrate the diversity of this year’s program,” director of programming Trevor Groth added. “Hopefully the attention these prizes bring will allow the films to connect with a wider audience hungry for choice.”