Drake Doremus’ “Like Crazy” scored the top honor of the grand jury prize for U.S. dramatic film Saturday night at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival awards.
The Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence-led romantic drama was the first film to be picked up during the fest with Paramount paying around $4 million for worldwide rights. The film also won a special jury award for acting for British actress Felicity Jones’ performance.
The world cinema dramatic grand jury prize was awarded to the Danish/Norwegian film “Happy, Happy”, while both the world cinema dramatic directing award and a special jury prize went to Paddy Considine for “Tyrannosaur”.
Sean Durkin won the U.S. dramatic directing award for “Martha Marcy May Marlene”, Sam Levinson won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for “Another Happy Day”, while a special jury prize was awarded to Mike Cahill and Brit Marling for “Another Earth”.
In the documentary field, the grand jury prize for U.S. documentary film was awarded to Peter D. Richardson’s “How to Die in Oregon” and for world documentary film to Danfung Dennis’ “Hell and Back Again”.
The Audience Award for best drama went to Iranian teenage love story “Circumstance” and Alrick Brown’s “Kinyarwanda”, and for best documentary to “Buck” about animal trainer Buck Brannaman and Asif Kapadia’s “Senna”.
Other films scoring awards include “Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles,” “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey,” “Restoration,” “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975,” “Project Nim,” “Position Among the Stars,” “to.get.her” and “The Redemption of General Butt Naked,” “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”.