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Live Updates from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony

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© Sundance Institute | Photo by Becca Haydu

Mike Jones

EDITOR’S NOTE: For live updates from the 2020 Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony, go here. Below, you’ll find live updates from the 2010 Festival awards ceremony.


GRAND JURY PRIZE: DRAMATIC

Actress Parker Posey awarded this prize to Winter’s Bone. “The film is hugely collaborative. Sixty-five crew members… I wish I could thank them all,” said director Debra Granik.

GRAND JURY PRIZE: DOCUMENTARY

Ondi Timoner presented this award to Restrepo. “I got to go overseas and have an experience. My wife had to stay home and worry. I just want to acknowledge her all the other military families who are also worrying,” said co-director Sebastian Junger.

“I feel more nervous up here than in Afghanistan… I want to dedicate this to the Restrepo generation. Those who come back from the war invisible. This is for them,” added co-director Tim Hetherington.

U.S. DIRECTING AWARD: DRAMATIC

Filmmaker Karyn Kusama presented this award to Eric Mendelsohn for his film 3 Backyards. Said Mendelsohn, “The last time I was here on this stage, I had so much Xanax in my system that I dribbled. Pardon me. I have a problem with anxiety. So this is for all the people with anxiety. I wanna dedicate this to my country. To everyone who gets up at 4 in the morning to make a movie instead of doing something else.”

U.S. DIRECTING AWARD: DOCUMENTARY

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock presented this award to Leon Gast for Smash His Camera. “Must be a mistake! I never imagined this,” Gast remarked as he stepped onstage.

WALDO SALT SCREENWRITING AWARD

Russell Banks presented this award to Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini for Winter’s Bone. “Anne is not here,” Granik noted. “She’s doing something more important—having a baby.”

U.S. DOCUMENTARY EDITING AWARD

Greg Barker presented this award to Penelope Falk for Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. “We’ve never won shit, in Joan’s words,” co-director Ricki Stern said. “This is amazing!”

EXCELLENCE IN CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD: U.S. DRAMATIC

Robert Yeoman handed this award to Zak Mulligan for Obselidia. “I want to thank the cast and crew,” Mulligan remarked. “Without you, there would be nothing to photograph.”

EXCELLENCE IN CINEMATOGRAPHY: U.S. DOCUMENTARY

Dayna Goldfine presented this award to Kirsten Johnson and Laura Poitras for The Oath. “This film wouldn’t exist without a whole lot of risk taking,” Johnson shared with the audience. “Laura captured images we’re not supposed to see.”

U.S. DRAMATIC SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Jason Kliot presented this award to Sympathy for Delicious. “Whoa,” said first-time director Mark Ruffalo. “Thanks so much. It’s been a 10-year journey with a lot of heartache and hard work. And we got our asses handed to us by the reviewers. But we’re still here!”

U.S. DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Nancy Miller presented this award to Gasland. “Shoulda brought my banjo,” quipped director Josh Fox as he accepted the prize.

AUDIENCE AWARD: U.S. DRAMATIC

Louis C.K. presented this award to Happythankyoumoreplease. “This film is about gratitude, and I have so much to feel grateful for,” said director Josh Radnor. “I want to thank Sundance for sending me a cryptic email this morning [in LA] saying ‘You might want to get back here.'”

AUDIENCE AWARD: U.S. DOCUMENTARY

Louis C.K. stayed onstage to present this award to Waiting for Superman. “This film almost killed us,” said director Davis Guggenheim. “It was really difficult, and now I’m realizing there is so much more to do for education in America.”

WORLD CINEMA AUDIENCE AWARD: DRAMATIC

C.K. presented this award to Contracorriente.

WORLD CINEMA AUDIENCE AWARD: DOCUMENTARY

C.K. presented this award to Waste Land.

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This award was presented by Joseph Gordon Levitt to Homewrecker.

WORLD CINEMA JURY PRIZE: DRAMATIC

presented by Joni Sighvatsson to Animal Kingdom

WORLD CINEMA DIRECTING AWARD: DRAMATIC

presented by Alison Maclean to:

Juan Carlos Valdivia for Southern District

WORLD CINEMA SCREENWRITING AWARD

presented by Lisa Schwarzbaum to:

Juan Carlos Valdivia for Southern District

WORLD CINEMA CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD: DRAMATIC

presented by Alison Maclean to:

Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat for The Man Next Door

World Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Breakout Performance

WORLD DRAMATIC SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE

presented by Lisa Schwarzbaum to:

Tatiana Maslany in Grown Up Movie Star

WORLD CINEMA JURY PRIZE: DOCUMENTARY

presented by Jennifer Baichwal to:

The Red Chapel, directed by Mads Brügger

WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY EDITING AWARD

presented by Jeffrey Brown to:

Joëlle Alexis for A Film Unfinished

World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary

WORLD CINEMA DIRECTING AWARD: DOCUMENTARY

presented by Jennifer Baichwal to:

Christian Frei for Space Tourists

WORLD CINEMA EDITING AWARD: DOCUMENTARY

presented by Jeffrey Brown to:

Joëlle Alexis for A Film Unfinished

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