This year's Sundance Film Festival officially comes to a close today, but the annual celebration of independent film unofficially ended on a high note yesterday as the drama "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was awarded the Grand Jury Prize.
"This project was such a runt, this sort of messy-hair, dirty, wild child, and we just have been taken care of and just eased along until we were ready to stand up on our own," director Benh Zeitlin told CBS. "It's just great that it happened here. This is the right place for the world to meet the film."
Meanwhile, in the documentary category, "The House I live In" took the Grand Jury Prize for director Eugene Jarecki's searing and insightful look on the racial discrimination inherent in America's 40 year "War on Drugs."
As usual, the critics and the fans disagreed on, well, everything, as the Audience Awards for favorite drama and documentary went to "The Surrogate" and "Searching For Sugar Man" respectively. "The Surrogate" is about a man whose attempts to get laid are complicated by the fact that he is stuck in an iron lung, while "Searching For Sugar Man" explores the strange life and death of a struggling American musician who committed suicide on stage without ever learning that he had somehow become a cult hero in far off South Africa.
"Beasts of the Southern Wild," which tells the story of a young girl living in poverty in the Mississippi Delta, also won the Excellence in Cinematography award and will be distributed domestically by Fox Searchlight.
A full list of winners in what seems like a nearly infinite number of categories is available here courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.