In Sight: Top Honors by Montana Wojczuk

Sundance’s 25th Awards Ceremony

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Still from Love You More by Sam Taylor Wood

On Saturday night Sundance had their 25th awards ceremony, honoring the filmmakers with juried and audience awards. I was excited to see that Sin Nombre won the Best Directing award—further proof that Fukunaga is a talent on the rise. In a rare moment, the jury and audience both agreed on the top prize: Push, a story about a young girl growing up in Harlem, won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Directing (Dramatic). An Education, which Nick Hornby wrote the screenplay for, won the World Cinematography Award (dramatic) and The September Issue, a biopic about Anna Wintour, won for Best Cinematography in a U.S. documentary.

Another of my favorite short films, “Love You More””, picked up an honorable mention in the shorts category. The film is a peripatetic teenage love story set to the Buzzcocks eponymous single. The acting and production values are great, but the thing I most remember is the teenage couple having sex while the single plays over and over. It reminds me of something my dad said once about how people used to have to get up in the middle of things to turn the album over—his whole life changed when he could finally afford a stack o’ matic.

The Complete Rundown:

Directing Award: U.S. Documentary – Natalia Almada, El General

Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic – Cary Joji Fukunaga, Sin Nombre

World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary – Havana Marking, Afghan Star

World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic – Oliver Hirschbiegel, Five Minutes of Heaven

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award – Nicholas Jasenovec and Charlyne Yi, Paper Heart

World Cinema Screenwriting Award – Oliver Hirschbiegel, Five Minutes of Heaven

U.S. Documentary Editing Award – Karen Schmeer, Sergio, directed by Greg Barker

World Cinema Documentary Editing Award – Janus Billeskov Jansen and Thomas Papapetros, Burma VJ, directed by Anders Østergaard

Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.S. Documentary – Bob Richman, The September Issue, directed by R.J. Cutler

Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.S. Dramatic – Adriano Goldman, Sin Nombre, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga

World Cinema Cinematography Award: Documentary – John Maringouin, Big River Man

World Cinema Cinematography Award: Dramatic – John De Borman, An Education, directed by Lone Scherfig

World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Originality – Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern, Louise-Michel

World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Documentary – Ngawang Choephel, Tibet in Song

World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Acting – Catalina Saavedra, The Maid (La Nana)

Special Jury Prize: U.S. Documentary – Jeff Stilson, Good Hair

Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Independence — Lynn Shelton, Humpday

Special Jury Prize for Acting – Mo’Nique, Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire

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