Sundance Film Festival 2009 Awards Announced

January 24, 2009
Source: indieWIRE

Sundance Film Festival 2009 Awards Announced

The official awards for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival have been announced tonight. The big winners are We Live in Public for the Documentary Grand Jury Prize and Lee Daniels' Push for the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize. Additionally, The Cove won the Documentary Audience Award and Push won the Dramatic Audience Award yet again. Definitely some solid winners this year, as always. These awards always start to put the finishing touches on yet another Sundance, which means things are certainly winding down. You can see the full list of winners below. Audience award winners can be found at the bottom.


Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic:
Push, directed by Lee Daniels

Grand Jury Prize, Documentary:
We Live in Public, directed by Ondi Timoner

World Cinema Jury Prize, Dramatic:
The Maid, directed by Sebastian Silva

World Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary:
Rough Aunties, directed by Kim Longinotto

World Cinema Special Jury Prize, Documentary:
Tibet in Song, directed by Ngawang Choephel

World Cinema Special Jury Prize, Dramatic:
Catalina Saavedra for The Maid

Special Jury Prize for Embodying Collaborative Spirit:
Humpday, directed by Lynn Shelton

Special Jury Prize for Acting, Dramatic:
Mo'Nique for Push

Special Jury Prize, Documentary:
Good Hair, directed by Jeff Stilson

Excellence in Cinematographcy, Dramatic:
Adriano Goldman for Sin Nombre

Excellence in Cinematography, Documentary:
Bob Richman for The September Issue

Waldo Scott Screenwriting Award:
Nicholas Jasenovec and Charlyne Yi for Paper Heart

Excellence in Directing, Dramatic:
Cary Joji Fukunaga for Sin Nombre

Excellence in Directing, Documentary:
Natalia Almada for El General

Excellence in Editing, Documentary:
Karen Schmeer for Sergio

The Alfred P. Sloan prize for a feature film with science as a theme, or featuring a scientist, engineer, or mathematician main character, was awarded to Adam, directed by Max Mayer. As the winner of the Alfred P. Sloan prize, the film receives a $20,000 award.


Audience Award, Dramatic:
Push, directed by Lee Daniels

Audience Award, Documentary:
The Cove, directed by Louise Psihoyos

World Cinema Audience Award, Dramatic:
An Education, directed by Lone Scherfig

World Cinema Audience Award, Documentary:
Afghan Star, directed by Havana Marking

My congratulations go to all the winners and especially An Education! Until Sundance next year.

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Wow, PUSH got a lot of wins. Surprising since there wasn't too much buzz for it.

Ryan on Jan 24, 2009


Haha. My friend was like "Push as in the movie that looks like Jumper but has pushing?" and then I explained to he was thinking of another movie.

BahHumbug on Jan 24, 2009


Where's 500 Days of Summer? You guys made it sound as if that was coming out as the sundance fav.

Stryker on Jan 24, 2009


Push got picked up by Lionsgate, guess they're thinking past whatever happens to My Bloody Valentine 3D. They might be throwing a lot of chips in to that terrible-looking film, but there's plenty of opportunities for studios to still make some money, like with Push and other Sundance greats. I'm glad to see so many Sundance films get picked up so quickly this year, and the turnout for this Sundance (most successful ever I heard from some of the people behind it) makes me hopeful that Hollywood will pay attention to more films like these.

Danny Mace on Jan 24, 2009


No I Love You Philip Morris? ­čÖü

Saif on Jan 24, 2009


no manure?

Scott McHenry on Jan 24, 2009


5: I saw Manure tonight and didn't think it was that great. It was good, sure, Billy Bob Thorton was more enjoyable than usual, but aside from him, the other characters were fairly flat, the plot was very predictable, the jokes were clever from time to time but never had everyone in the whole audience laughing, and it was that, a comedy, and I can't recall a comedy winning one of these awards ever. Also, so many movies were phenomenal comparably, so movies that are just good needed to do more to score an award this year. If you were being sarcastic, just ignore this post lol.

Danny Mace on Jan 24, 2009


guys, phillip morris, manure and 500 days of summer were all playing out of competition and therefore couldn't get awards. i've seen push and while good, it's not great. it's depressing and a bit uneven. my fave of the festival is an Alex favorite, MOON.

Boxoffice Marco on Jan 25, 2009


Definitely need to check out Push when it comes out. I was glad that Sin Nombre won some awards, its naturalistic cinematography deserved something. I agree with Boxoffice Marco as Moon being the best. After seeing all the movies (finishing off with Moon) i have to say that Moon was easily the best, specially with Rockwell delivering another amazing performance. Here are my top 5 in Sundance (out of 17) -Moon -In the Loop -Cold Souls -Humpday -Sin Nombre Honorable Mentions: 500 Days of Summer, Paper Heart, Rudo y Cursi Worst Film(s) of Festival Arlen Faber, O'er the Land Surprise shocker In The Loop, Sin Nombre

Aequitas on Jan 25, 2009


Out of curiosity, how big is Mariah Carey's role in PUSH???

Ryan on Jan 25, 2009


You did a great job covering Sundance! Thanks for all the great updates. And DGAF about devin.

Mitch on Jan 25, 2009


No wonder 'The Maid' won the Jury's awards for being the best dramatic movie, as it truly is an intense comedic drama on the social and personal life of a maid who is struggling to prevent herself from crossing the fine line between her actual professional position and her expectations that she's part of the family she served for so many years. It sure is my personal pick too!

houston chapter 7 bankruptcy on Jun 11, 2009


I dunno there were much better movies that deserved the jury award over push. I know it is a personal opinion, but that movie was not what I expected at all.

Janene Dalton on Aug 26, 2009


I really had been meaning to watch Push and since I see it received a lot of awards, I just may have to sit down and watch it.

High deductible health insurance on Sep 17, 2009


---WHY has Redford proved to be such a no-show regarding the awesomely unfolding issues of our time? Truth to tell ---Sundance is stale ---and its agendas are largely discredited. X, Y and Zer's need to find a vision for themselves ---rather than serving up recycled 'nspirations' of the ever-corrupt, ever-corrupting Boomers.

sprgn 2010 on Jan 25, 2010


Thats a amazing blog

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