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2013 SXSW Film Awards: 'Short Term 12' Takes Top Narrative Honors, 'William and the Windmill' Wins Documentary Feature

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 13, 2013 at 1:35AM

The Grand Jury and Special Award winners of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival were revealed Tuesday in Austin. Destin Cretton's "Short Term 12," starring Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr. as foster care workers dealing with their own troubled pasts, has taken the Narrative Feature prize, while Ben Nabors' "William and the Windmill," focusing on the author and subject of "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind," has been awarded the Documentary prize.
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Brie Larson in 'Short Term 12.'

The Grand Jury and Special Award winners of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival were revealed Tuesday in Austin. Destin Cretton's "Short Term 12," starring Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr. as foster care workers dealing with their own troubled pasts, has taken the Narrative Feature prize, while Ben Nabors' "William and the Windmill," focusing on the author and subject of "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind," has been awarded the Documentary prize.

Carlos Puga's "Burma," led by strong Christopher Abbott and Gaby Hoffmann, has appropriately taken the Ensemble Cast prize, while the deserving Tishuan Scott of Chris Eska's gorgeously lensed African-American Civil War drama "The Retrieval" (watch an exclusive clip here) has won the Jury Acting prize. Full list below.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

 

Grand Jury Winner: WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL

Director: Ben Nabors

 

Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography: Touba

Director of Photography: Scott Duncan

 

Special Jury Recognition for Directing: We Always Lie To Strangers

Directors: AJ Schnack & David Wilson

 

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

 

Grand Jury Winner: Short Term 12

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

 

Special Jury Recognition for Ensemble Cast: Burma

Christopher Abbott

Gaby Hoffmann

Christopher McCann

Dan Bittner

Emily Fleischer

Jacinta Puga

Matt McCarthy

Kelly Aucoin

 

Special Jury Recognition for Acting: Tishuan Scott, The Retrieval

 

This article is related to: Festivals, SXSW, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), Burma, Awards, Short Term 12, The Retrieval, William and the Windmill


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.