The Sundance Film Festival has come to a close, and Joseph Gordon Levitt, who made his directorial debut with “Don Jon’s Addiction,” opened last night’s awards ceremony with this: “This isn’t basketball. This is the movies. There are no winners and losers. This is art.”
However, there WERE winners last night, and the big score went to Ryan Coogler‘s “Fruitvale,” which took home the grand jury prize. Octavia Spencer, Chad Michael Murray and Kevin Durand star in the film that tells the true-life story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was detained and killed by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) cops in Oakland on New Year’s Eve in 2008. The event was captured on camera, and the ensuing trial and its verdict spurred protests and riots.
Coogler accepted the award, telling the crowd, “At the end of the day, when I first made this project, it was about humanity, and how we treat the people we love most and the people we don’t know. To get this means that this film made a powerful impact. This goes back to my home, the Bay Area, where Oscar Grant lived for 22 years. I can’t wait to see you all when this is said and done and I’m more articulate and not so emotional.”
The World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award went to Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin‘s “Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer.” Let’s take a look at all the winners.
Sundance 2013 winners:
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary: A River Changes Course, directed by Kalyanee Mam
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer, directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic: Jisuel, directed by Muel O (South Korea)
Directing Award, World Cinema Dramatic: Crystal Fairy, directed by Sebastian Silva
Screenwriting Award, World Cinema Dramatic: Wajma (An Afghan Love Story), written by Barmak Akram
Cinematography Award, World Cinema Dramatic: Lasting, cinematography by Michal Englert
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Circles, directed by Srdan Golubovic
Audience Award, World Cinema Dramatic: Metro Manila, directed by Sean Ellis
World Cinema Documentary: The Square, directed by Jehane Noujaim
Audience Award, Best of NEXT: This is Martin Bonner, directed by Chad Hartigan (U.S.)
Audience Award, U.S. Documentary: Blood Brother, directed by Steve Hoover
Audience Award, U.S. Drama: Fruitvale, directed by Ryan Coogler
Short Film Special Jury Award: Until the Quiet Comes directed by Kahlil Joseph.
Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting: Joel Nagle for his work in the film Palimpsest.
Short Film Jury Award: Animation: Irish Folk Furniture directed by Tony Donoghue.
Short Film Jury Award: Non-Fiction: Skinningrove directed by Michael Almereyda.
Short Film Jury Award, International Fiction: The Date directed by Jenni Toiyoniemi.
Short Film Jury Award, US Fiction: Whiplash directed by Damien Chazelle.
Short Film Grand Jury Prize: The Whistle directed by Grzegorz Zariczny.
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film: Computer Chess, directed by Andrew Bujalski
Cinematography Award, World Cinema Documentary: Who Is Dayani Cristal?, cinematography by Marc Silver and Pau Esteve Birba
Editing Award, World Cinema Documentary: The Summit, edited by Ben Stark
Directing Award, World Cinema Documentary: The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear, directed by Tinatin Gurchiani