Did you think that CODA’s Sundance dominance was going to end with its record breaking $25 million acquisition deal? If you did then you were sorely mistaken, as the newly minted Apple release just pulled off a sweep at the Sundance awards like nothing we’ve ever seen.
A massive crowd pleaser from its opening night premiere, Sian Heder’s drama about a child of deaf adults (CODA) caught between her love for her fishing family and her dreams of going to college and pursuing her love of singing has been winning over hearts all across the nation, thanks to Sundance’s first ever virtual festival.
The movie has now been crowned with the first of what could very well be a massive awards haul in the year to come, pulling in the Sundance awards for U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, U.S. Dramatic Directing Award (Heder), U.S. Dramatic Audience Award, and a special jury prize for its ensemble cast.
What were some of the awards not won by the night’s most dominant force? Well, Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), from director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, picked up the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and U.S. Audience Award for Documentary, while Jerrod Carmichael’s directing debut On the Count of Three won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for its script by Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch.
In Oscar hopeful news, another special jury prize for acting was given to Clifton Collins, Jr. for his performance in the film Jockey, which was acquired out of the festival by Sony Pictures Classics for a presumed awards run next year.
For the full list of 2021 Sundance Film Festival award winners, see below:
Audience Award: “CODA,” dir. Sian Heder
Special Jury Award for Acting: Clifton Collins Jr., “Jockey”
Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble: “CODA”
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch, “On the Count of Three”
Directing Award: Sian Heder, “CODA”
Grand Jury Prize: “CODA,” dir. Sian Heder
Audience Award: “Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” dir. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker: “Cusp,” dir. Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt
Special Jury Award for Nonfiction Experimentation: “All Light, Everywhere,” dir. Theo Anthony
Jonathan Oppenhein Editing Award: Kristina Motwani and Rebecca Adorno, “Homeroom”
Directing Award: Natalia Almada, “Users”
Grand Jury Prize: “Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” dir. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC
Special Jury Award for Acting: Jesmark Scicluna, “Luzzu”
Special Jury Award for Creative Vision: “One for the Road,” dir. Baz Poonpiriya
Directing Award: Blerta Basholli, “Hive”
Grand Jury Prize: “Hive,” dir. Blerta Basholli
Audience Award: “Hive,” dir. Blerta Basholli
WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY
Special Jury Award in Verite Filmmaking: “President,” dir. Camilla Nielsson
Special Jury Award: Impact for Change: “Writing With Fire,” dir. Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh
Directing Award: Hogir Hirori, “Sabaya”
Grand Jury Prize: “Flee,” dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Audience Award: “Writing With Fire,” dir. Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh
NEXT Audience Award Presented by Adobe: “Ma Belle, My Beauty,” dir. Marion Hill
NEXT Innovator Award Presented by Adobe: “Cryptozoo,” dir. Dash Shaw
Special Jury Award for Acting: Deanna Gibson, “Wiggle Room”
Special Jury Award for Screenwriting: Serhat Karaaslan, “The Criminals”
Jury Award, Animation: “Souvenir Souvenir,” dir. Bastien Dubois
Jury Award, Non-Fiction: “Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma,” dir. Topaz Jones and rubberband
Jury Award, International Fiction: “Bambirak,” dir. Zamarin Wahdat
Jury Award, U.S. Fiction: “The Touch of the Master’s Hand,” dir. Gregory Barnes
Grand Jury Prize: “Lizard,” dir. Akinola Davies Jr.