It opened the Sundance Film Festival, and on Saturday night Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” also scored both of the top honors at the fest’s award ceremony.
Nabbing both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, this story of a young drummer (Miles Teller) and his ruthless instructor (J.K. Simmons) has already been picked up for release this year by Sony Pictures Classics.
In terms of other winners, Michael Rossato-Bennett’s “Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory” won the World Cinema Jury Prize (Dramatic), while Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s Ethiopian film “Difret” won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award.
Onto documentaries and Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos’ “Rich Hill” took the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize, Talal Derki’s “Return to Homs” took the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize (Documentary), and Nadav Schirman’s “The Green Prince” took the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award.