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"Beasts Of The Southern Wild," Ava DuVernay, "Detropia" Pick Up Trophies At Sundance 2012 Awards Celebration

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 28, 2012 11:05 PM
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A quickie post highlighting winners from tonight's Sundance Film Festival Awards celebration.

First - Ava DuVernay, who seemed surprised to hear her name called, won the Directing Award in the Dramatic competition for her sophomore effort Middle Of Nowhere - a deliberate, frank, matured work; my review HERE. I'll have to go do some research on this, but I think it's been a long time (if ever) since an African American woman won this award. I'll go dig and come back with an update. UPDATE: Yup, this IS the very first time a black woman has won this particular award. I went back to the 1980s, before the festival even started giving out the award. So, Ava's made historty today. A trivia question for sometime in the future.

Second - Benh Zeitlin's Beasts Of The Southern Wild won the US Dramatic Cinematography Award, and the grand-daddy of them all, the Grand Jury Prize Award; I called it a striking feature debut on courage & resiliency; my review HERE.

Third - Detropia won the US Documentary Editing Award - a moving, painterly mourning of a once economically vibrant city; my review HERE.

That's it for now! 

Congrats to all the winners! Check out the full list HERE.

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  • Joe Doughrity | January 30, 2012 4:33 PMReply

    So proud of Ms. Ava and her whole crew! Especially my girl Emayatzy who I had the pleasure of directing in "Akira's Hip Hop Shop" :) Gone with your bad selves!

  • Tamara | January 30, 2012 10:47 AMReply

    I'm happy for these select winners and inspired by their works.

  • Scruffy McGhee (@DLYDJ) | January 30, 2012 10:28 AMReply

    Congratulations Ava! Much love since my Interactive One days!

  • somethingtosay | January 29, 2012 7:23 PMReply

    ava's win is an inspiration and an affirmation for all of us, not only as film-makers, but as a community, and as an audience. she is challenging our vision of ourselves on the screen and forcing us to be educated consumers of cinema. kudos to sundance for finally awarding a woman of color this honor.

  • Devona | January 29, 2012 2:25 PMReply

    Congratulations to the winner. Has any of these films been picked up for distribution? I would love to support these films. Detropia sounds like something I would be interested in seeing. However, I probably won't get to see Detropia unless it manages to make its way onto PBS.

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