Sundance 2013: “Fruitvale’ Wins Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award (VIDEO)

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| January 27, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Frutivale, director/screenwriter Ryan Coogler’s retelling of the 2009 Oscar Grant shooting, took home two of the Sundance Film Festival’s most prestigious awards — the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic film.

Fruitvale, which was acquired by the Weinstein Company in the $2-$3 million ballpark, is the first film to pick up both awards since Precious in 2009. The indie drama stars Octavia Spencer and Michael B. Jordan, and was producer by Forest Whitaker.

Other notable winners include the documentary Blood Brother, a real story about a young man who helps a group of HIV-stricken children in India. The film took home both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. Documentary, while A River Changes Course, about Cambodia’s struggle with deforestation, won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for a Documentary, and the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary went to the Egyptian doc The Square (Al Midan). The World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for a Dramatic film was presented to South Korean director/screenwriter Muel O for the film Jiseul, about a military invasion on a peaceful Korean village.

The Directing Award: U.S. Documentary went to Zachary Heinzerling for his love story Cutie and the Boxer, about the 40-year marriage of boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. The Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic film went to Jill Soloway, for her nod to the L.A. hipster lifestyle in Afternoon Delight.

Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller both were honored with a special jury award for acting in the U.S. dramatic category for their work in the coming-of-age film The Spectacular Now. Actress Lake Bell took a turn for screenwriter this Sundance and it paid off. She won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic for her script In a World… about a struggling voice over professional.

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