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Like Crazy, How to Die in Oregon, and Circumstance Win Top Prizes at Sundance

As the Sundance Film Festival comes to a close, the awards ceremony — hosted last night by actor Tim Blake Nelson — honored the best of the fest. The Grand Jury Prize for Drama went to one of the festival’s most sought-after films, Like Crazy, which sparked a bidding war between Fox Searchlight, Summit, and the Weinstein Company, before Paramount eventually snagged distribution rights. Directed by Drake Doremus and starring Anton Yelchin and breakout star Felicity Jones, the film tracks the trajectory of a tumultuous cross-Atlantic romance. Jason Reitman, who presented the award and served as one of the judges, called the film an “unflinching examination of love, separation, and what eventually brings any two people together.” The Audience Award for Drama went to Circumstance, about a forbidden lesbian romance in Iran. Both films beat out a crop of strong contenders that included Martha Marcy May Marlene and Pariah.

In the documentary category, the Grand Jury Prize was awarded to Peter Richardson’s How to Die in Oregon, which takes a look at the life of terminally ill patients in the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Winning the Audience Award was Buck, about real-life horse whisperer Buck Brannaman.

Sam Levinson, son of director Barry Levinson, won the Waldo Scott Screenwriting Award for Another Happy Day, which gave Ellen Barkin a career-revamping role. In his emotional acceptance speech, the 25-year-old Levinson admitted, “When I introduce my film, I cry.” Lo and behold, the tears flowed.

Here is a full list of the winners:

Grand Jury Prize – Drama: Like Crazy

Grand Jury Prize – Documentary: How to Die in Oregon

World Cinema Jury Prize – Drama: Happy, Happy

World Cinema Jury Prize – Documentary: Hell and Back Again

Audience Award – Drama: Circumstance

Audience Award – Documentary: Buck

World Cinema Audience Award – Drama: Kinyarwanda

World Cinema Audience Award – Documentary: Senna

Best of NEXT! – Audience Award: To.get.her

Directing Award – Drama: T. Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Directing Award – Documentary: Jon Foy, Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

World Cinema Directing Award – Drama: Paddy Considine, Tyrannosaur

World Cinema Directing Award – Documentary: James Marsh, Project Nim

Waldo Scott Screenwriting Award: Sam Levinson, Another Happy Day

World Cinema Screenwriting Award: Erez Kav-El, Restoration

Documentary Editing Award: If a Tree Falls

World Cinema Documentary Editing Award: Göran Olsson and Hanna Lejonqvist, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Excellence in Cinematography – Drama: Bradford Young, Pariah

Excellence in Cinematography – Documentary: Eric Strauss, Ryan Hill, and Peter Hutchens, The Redemption of General Butt Naked

World Cinema Cinematography Award – Drama: Diego F. Jimenez, All Your Dead Ones

World Cinema Cinematography Award – Documentary: Danfung Dennis, Hell and Back Again

World Cinema Special Jury Prize – Drama for Breakout Performance: Olivia Colman and Peter Mullan, Tyrannosaur

World Cinema Special Jury Prize – Documentary: Position Among the Stars

Special Jury Prize – Drama: Another Earth

Special Jury Prize – Documentary: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

Special Jury Prize – Drama: Felicity Jones, Like Crazy

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