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Sundance in 60 Seconds: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'The House I Live In,' 'The Surrogate,' 'Invisible War' Take Top Awards From Juries and Audiences

Posted by Peter Martin on January 29, 2012

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival is all over, except for the shouting. And the repeat screenings. Oh, and the awards! They allow every audience member to voice their opinion on their favorites in four competition categories and the NEXT program. In addition, the competition jury awards reflect the valuable opinions of veteran industry professionals.

The awards ceremony, hosted by Festival Director John Cooper (stepping in for Parker Posey, who took ill) was streamed live from Park City, Utah, on Saturday evening. The ceremony began with the usual thanks to the festival’s staff and volunteers, and included a touching tribute to beloved industry veteran Bingham Ray, who passed away unexpectedly last Monday while in Sundance; the tribute brought Cooper to tears. Actress/director Katie Aselton (Black Rock) came on stage to serve as co-host.

Here’s a rundown of who won what on Saturday night:

U.S. Dramatic Competition -- Grand Jury Prize: Beasts of the Southern Wild.

U.S. Dramatic Competition -- Directing: Middle of Nowhere.

U.S. Dramatic Competition -- Screenwriting: Safety Not Guaranteed.

U.S. Dramatic Competition -- Cinematography: Beasts of the Southern Wild.

U.S. Dramatic Competition -- Special Jury for Ensemble Acting: The Surrogate.

U.S. Dramatic Competition -- Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Film Producing: Smashed and Nobody Walks.  

U.S. Documentary Competition -- Grand Jury Prize: The House I Live In.

U.S. Documentary Competition -- Directing: The Queen of Versailles.

U.S. Documentary Competition -- Editing: Detropia.

U.S. Documentary Competition -- Cinematography: Chasing Ice.

U.S. Documentary Competition -- Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.

U.S. Documentary Competition -- Special Jury Prize for An Agent of Change: Love Free or Die.

Audience Award -- U.S. Dramatic: The Surrogate.

Audience Award -- U.S. Documentary: Invisible War.

World Cinema Audience Award -- Dramatic: Valley of Saints.

World Cinema Audience Award -- Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man.

Best of NEXT Audience Award: Sleepwalk With Me.

World Cinema Dramatic Competition -- Grand Jury Prize: Violeta Went to Heaven.

World Cinema Dramatic Competition -- Directing: Teddy Bear.

World Cinema Dramatic Competition -- Screenwriting: Young and Wild.  

World Cinema Dramatic Competition -- Cinematography: My Brother the Devil.

World Cinema Dramatic Competition -- Special Jury Prize for Artistic Vision: Can.  

World Cinema Documentary Competition -- Grand Jury Prize: The Law in These Parts.

World Cinema Documentary Competition -- Directing: 5 Broken Cameras.

World Cinema Documentary Competition -- Editing: Indie Game: The Movie.

World Cinema Documentary Competition -- Cinematography: Putin’s Kiss.

World Cinema Documentary Competition -- Special Jury Prize for Celebration of Artistic Spirit:  Searching for Sugar Man.   

Shorts Audience Award: The Debutante Hunters.

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize: Robot and Frank; Valley of Saints.


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