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Sundance hands out its prizes

Variety critics Justin Chang and Peter Debruge are covering the Sundance Film Festival kudofest. 

Update: From Chang’s postgame report:


Fruitvale“Fruitvale,” Ryan Coogler’s fact-based drama about the last day in the life of 22-year-old shooting victim Oscar Grant, won the grand jury prize and the audience award for dramatic features at the Sundance Film Festival.

In another dual win, “Blood Brother,” Steve Hoover’s study of an American’s work on behalf of an AIDS-afflicted community in India, took both the grand jury prize and the audience award for U.S. documentaries.

This marks the first time that the grand jury prize and the audience award have gone to the same film in both the dramatic and documentary competitions since 2006, when “Quinceanera” and docu “God Grew Tired of Us” led their respective fields. In 2009, “Precious” (then titled “Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire”) won both top prizes in the dramatic competition.

Lake Bell took the Waldo Salt screenwriting prize for her writing-directing debut, “In a World … “

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