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Awards Weekend Wrap-Up: John Hawkes Earns Best Male Lead, Sugar Man Wins Best Documentary

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Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man won the Oscar for Best Documentary.

Nate von Zumwalt, Editorial Coordinator

Sundance Institute is honored to congratulate the films and filmmakers recognized at the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards this past weekend. The Spirit Awards assumed its traditional time and post, held the day before the Oscars in a spruced up tent on the beach in Santa Monica, CA, with host Andy Samberg helming the show. Here are the Sundance-supported winners:

28th Film Independent Spirit Awards 


Best Male Lead

John Hawkes, The Sessions

Best First Screenplay

Derek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed 

Best Cinematography

Ben Richardson, Beasts of the Southern Wild

John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature made for under $500,000)

Middle of Nowhere, directed by Ava DuVernay

Best Supporting Female

Helen Hunt, The Sessions 

Best Documentary

The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick

On Sunday, host Seth MacFarlane led the festivities at the 85th Academy Awards, where 13 Sundance-supported film and filmmakers were nominated for awards. Here are the winners:

85th Academy Awards


Documentary Short Subject

Inocente, directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix (Film was supported by Sundance Institute’s #ArtistServices program) 

Best Documentary

Searching for Sugar Man, directed by Malik Bendjelloul

 

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