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This Year's Sundance Award Winners!

Nordling here.

Well, here's a list of movies that I'm going to need to see in the coming months.  Especially BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, THE SURROGATE, and SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED.  Without further ado... the winners!


Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic:

Beasts Of The Southern Wild


Grand Jury Prize, Documentary:

The House I Live In


Special Jury Prize Dramatic for Ensemble Acting:

The cast of The Surrogate


Special Jury Prize Dramatic For Producers:

Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling for Nobody Walks and Smashed


Special Jury Prize Documentary:

Love Free Or Die - directed by Macky Alston


Special Jury Prize Documentary:

Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry - directed by Alison Klayman


World Cinema Jury Prize, Dramatic:

Violeta Went To Heaven - directed by Andres Wood


World Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary:

The Law In These Parts - directed by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz


Dramatic Audience Award:

The Surrogate - by writer/director Ben Lewin


Documentary Audience Award:

The Invisible War - by Kirby Dick


World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award:

Valley Of Saints - directed by Musa Syee


World Cinema Documentary Audience Award:

Searching For Sugar Man - directed by Malik Bendjelloul


The Best of NEXT Audience Award:

Sleepwalk With Me – directed by Mike Birbiglia


Shorts Audience Award:

The Debutante Hunters directed by Maria White


Directing Award, Dramatic:

Ava DuVernay for Middle Of Nowhere


Directing Award, Documentary:

Lauren Greenfield – The Queen Of Versailles


World Cinema Directing Award, Dramatic:

Teddy Bear - Mads Matthiesen


World Cinema Directing Award, Documentary:

Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi – 5 Broken Cameras


Waldo Scott Screenwriting Award:

Derek Connolly – Safety Not Guaranteed


World Cinema Dramatic Screenwriting Award:

Marialy Rivas, Camila Gutierrez, Pedro Periano, Sebastian Sepulveda – Young & Wild


Documentary Editing Award:

Enat Sidi – Detropia


World Cinema Documentary Editing Award:

Indie Game: The Movie - Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky


Excellence in Cinematography Award, Dramatic:

Ben Richardson – Beasts Of The Southern Wild


Excellence in Cinematography Award, Documentary:

Jeff Orlowski – Chasing Ice


World Cinema Cinematography Award, Dramatic:

David Raedeker – My Brother The Devil


World Cinema Cinematography Award, Documentary:

Lars Skree – Putin’s Kiss


World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Dramatic:

Can – directed by Rasit Celikezer


World Cinema Special Jury prize: Documentary:

Searching For Sugar Man


Alfred P. Sloan Feature Films Prize: (previously announced)

Robot and Frank; Valley Of Saints


Congratulations to all the winners!

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • Jan. 28, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST

    So did Jack and Jill miss the deadline or so,mething

    by Mugato5150

  • Jan. 28, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST


    by Mugato5150

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 1:08 a.m. CST

    The Good & The Weird

    by Randin Graves

    The Good - Three of my favorites from the fest won big - Beasts of the Southern Wild, Searching for Sugar Man and The Surrogate. The Weird - Every year the Alfred P. Sloan prize goes to a film they helped get made in the first place. Happened last year with Another Earth. This year, two films they funded got into the fest, and they gave them both awards. I guess that's one way to be able to say your foundation supports award winning films.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 3:12 a.m. CST

    sounds fun choppah

    by warsinthesun

    make it a double feature with weird science and i'm there

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:21 a.m. CST

    sorry guys...

    by gotilk

    I've had more pussy than animal control will haul out of your trailer after you and your uncle die of radon poisoning and they come for the bodies. But have fun!! :)

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:23 a.m. CST

    And congrats winners!

    by gotilk

    Can't wait to see Safety Not Guaranteed. Isn't that based on the real guy that left those weird classified ads?

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    Can't make it this year. Sounds like a refreshing change of pace for your uncle. Rather than fucking you in the ass sans the Sambuca and Chiba and lube, he will end up getting some 'strange.' I'm on the *No flight list* so I can't make it. If there's a goat in rut available, JarJarAssLives would love to attend. Also, mentaldeficience will probably show up with his date (muñeca de hule) dressed as an Earth Kitt era Catwoman! Also, AssLives and mental will feign 'passing out' multiple times over the course of the evening, so there you go.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 11:11 a.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    When and why did you fall victim to the banhammer? I'm guessing it had something to do with creepythinman!

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Lauren Greenfield

    by Amfpsych

    Proud of her!

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Somebody made a documentary about Deus Ex 2?

    by lv_426

    Deus Ex: Invisible War?

  • Just sayin'.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Shame B$M got Rango'd.

    by Loosejerk

    Damn Schlaaaaang.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST


    by Joe Plumber

    Is your uncle Uncle Bukkake?