The competition juries and audiences have spoken from Park City. "Whiplash" earned two key awards Saturday night, the U.S. dramatic grand jury prize and the U.S. dramatic audience award. These were impressive wins for director Damien Chazelle and distributor Sony Pictures Classics, who acquired the drama during the festival. Featuring impressive performances by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, the film focuses on a young music student (Teller) who is willing to go above and beyond to make it into a competitive jazz band at one of New York City's most prestigious music schools. It's the rare opening night film to take home the festival's top prize.
On the documentary front, "Rich Hill" took home the U.S. documentary jury prize and "Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory" earned the U.S. documentary audience award. On the directing front, Cutter Hodierne was the surprise winner in the U.S. dramatic category for "Fishing Without Nets" and Ben Cotner and Ryan White earned the U.S. documentary honor for "The Case Against 8," which will air on HBO in June.
The U.S. dramatic jury spread the love, honoring "Low Down" (cough, cinematography), "The Skelton Twins" (Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award), "Dear White People" (breakthrough new talent) and "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" (musical score). Surprisingly, the jury did not give out an acting award, one of the rare years they have failed to do so.
A complete list of all of this year's winners is listed below. To find out what the HitFix staff deemed the best and worst of the festival, click here.
U. S. Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic: "Whiplash," directed by Damien Chazelle
U. S. Grand Jury Prize - Documentary: "Rich Hill, directed by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic: "To Kill A Man," directed by Alejandro Fernandez Almendras
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize - Documentary: "Returns to Homs" directed by Talal Derki
Audience Award - U.S. Dramatic: "Whiplash," directed by Damien Chazelle
Audience Award - U.S. Documentary: "Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory," directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett
Audience Award - World Cinema Dramatic: "Difret," directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
Audience Award - World Cinema: Documentary: "The Green Prince" directed by Nadav Schirman
Audience Award - Best of NEXT: "Imperial Dreams" directed by Malik Vitthal
Directing Award - U.S. Dramatic: "Fishing without Nets," directed by Cutter Hodierne
Directing Award - U.S. Documentary: "The Case Against 8," directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White
Directing Award - World Cinema Dramatic: "52 Tuesdays," directed by Sophie Hyde
Directing Award - World Cinema Documentary: "20,000 Days On Earth," Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
Cinematography Award - U.S. Dramatic: "Low Down," Christopher Blauvelt
Cinematography Award - U.S. Documentary: "E-Team," Rachel Beth Anderson, Ross Kaufman
Cinematography Award - World Cinema Dramatic: "Lilting," Ula Pontikos
Cinematography Award - World Cinema Documentary: "Happiness," Thomas Balmes and Nina Bernf
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough New Talent: "Dear White People," Justin Simien
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Musical Score: "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter," composed by the Octopus Project
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking: "Watchers of the Sky," directed by Edet Belzberg
U.S. Documentary Special Jury award for Achievement in Filmmaking: "The Overnighters" directed by Jesse Moss
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: "God Help the Girl" directed by Stuart Murdoch
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematic Bravery: "We Come as Friends" directed by Hubert Sauper
Editing Award - U.S. Documentary: "Watchers of the Sky," Jenny Golden and Karen Sim
Editing Award - World Cinema Documentary: "20,000 Days on Earth" Jonathan Amos
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award - U.S. Dramatic: "The Skeleton Twins," written by Craig Johnson, Mark Heyman
Screenwriting Award - World Cinema Dramatic: "Blind," Eskil Vogt
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize: "I Origins," directed by Mike Cahill