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Sundance '11: 'Like Crazy' & 'How To Die In Oregon' Win Grand Jury Prizes

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 30, 2011 at 3:42AM

'Circumstance' & 'Buck' Win Audience AwardsSundance officially closes tomorrow, but tonight the awards were handed out in grand fashion in ceremonies presided over by Tim Blake Nelson, who arrived dressed up as a snowflake. While there were a number of strong films competing this year in the U.S. Dramatic Competition including "Homework," "Take Shelter," "Pariah," and "Martha Marcy May Marlene," it was Drake Doremus' tale of long distance love "Like Crazy" that grabbed the Grand Jury Prize. The film, which has earned a string of positive notices out of the festival (including one from our man on the ground James Rocchi), also snagged a Special Jury Prize in acting for Felicity Jones -- somewhat surprising given the whirl of buzz surrounding Elizabeth Olsen for "Martha Marcy May Marlene." However, that film wasn't entirely left out in the cold as Sean Durkin won the Directing Award. Audiences however, tipped their hat to a different film entirely with "Circumstance" -- a tale of forbidden love in Iran -- earning it the Audience Award.
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'Circumstance' & 'Buck' Win Audience Awards



Sundance officially closes tomorrow, but tonight the awards were handed out in grand fashion in ceremonies presided over by Tim Blake Nelson, who arrived dressed up as a snowflake. While there were a number of strong films competing this year in the U.S. Dramatic Competition including "Homework," "Take Shelter," "Pariah," and "Martha Marcy May Marlene," it was Drake Doremus' tale of long distance love "Like Crazy" that grabbed the Grand Jury Prize. The film, which has earned a string of positive notices out of the festival (including one from our man on the ground James Rocchi), also snagged a Special Jury Prize in acting for Felicity Jones -- somewhat surprising given the whirl of buzz surrounding Elizabeth Olsen for "Martha Marcy May Marlene." However, that film wasn't entirely left out in the cold as Sean Durkin won the Directing Award. Audiences however, tipped their hat to a different film entirely with "Circumstance" -- a tale of forbidden love in Iran -- earning it the Audience Award.

On the documentary side, the jury awarded the grim "How To Die Oregon" about medically assisted suicide with Jury Prize. Audiences however, went for lighter fare, with "Buck," about horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, winning the award voted on by ticket holders.

Overall, it's been an excellent year at Sundance with a number of films creating buzz early on for what promises to be a festival season with many solid pictures to choose from. "Like Crazy" was picked up by Paramount, Sundance Selects landed "Buck" and Participant Media acquired "Circumstance" -- so look for them soon. "How to Die in Oregon" is still seeking distribution but with an award now under its belt don't be surprised if tomorrow buyers try to close a deal before their planes leave. Full list of winners after the jump. [IndieWire]

Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic
Like Crazy

Grand Jury Prize, Documentary
How to Die in Oregon

World Cinema Jury Prize, Dramatic
Happy, Happy

World Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary
Hell and Back Again

Dramatic Audience Award
Circumstance

Documentary Audience Award
Buck

World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award
Kinyarwanda

World Cinema Documentary Audience Award
Senna

The Best of NEXT Audience Award
to.get.her

Directing Award, Dramatic
Martha Marcy May Marlene, directed by Sean Durkin

Directing Award, Documentary
Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, directed by Jon Foy

World Cinema Directing Award, Dramatic
Tyrannosaur, directed by Paddy Considine

World Cinema Directing Award, Documentary
Project Nim, directed by James Marsh

Waldo Scott Screenwriting Award
Another Happy Day

World Cinema Screenwriting Award
Restoration

Documentary Editing Award
If a Tree Falls

World Cinema Documentary Editing Award
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Excellence in Cinematography Award, Dramatic
Pariah

Excellence in Cinematography Award, Documentary
The Redemption of General Butt Naked

World Cinema Cinematography Award, Dramatic
All Your Dead Ones

World Cinema Cinematography Award, Documentary
Hell and Back Again

Special Jury Prize: Dramatic (Acting)
Felicity Jones for Like Crazy

Special Jury Prize: Dramatic
Another Earth

Special Jury Prize: Documentary
Being Elmo

World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Documentary
Position Among The Stars

World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Dramatic
Tyrannosaur, for acting

Alfred P. Sloan Prize
Another Earth, directed by Mike Cahill

Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award
Cherien Dabis

The Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking
Brick Novax pt 1 and 2, written and directed by Matt Piedmont

The Jury Prize in International Short Filmmaking
Deeper Than Yesterday, written and directed by Ariel Kleiman

The Shorts Jury Honorable Mentions in Short Filmmaking
Choke, written and directed by Michelle Latimer

Diarchy, written and directed by Ferdinando Cito Filmomarinoes.

The External World, written and directed by David O’Reilly
The Legend of Beaver Dam, directed by Jerome Sable; written by Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion

Out of Reach, written and directed by Jakub Stozek

Protoparticles, written and directed by Chema García Ibarra

This article is related to: Films, Like Crazy, Circumstance, Buck, How To Die In Oregon


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