Sundance 2014 has announced its Grand Jury and Audience Award winners.
And while the overall list is as varied and interesting a list as you'd expect, there was one movie that stood out on top.
Whiplash won both of the highly coveted Drama awards, nabbing the Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) and the Audience Award (Dramatic).
We were blown away after seeing it on the opening night (see tweet below), and our full mini-review/reaction is coming soon.
In short, the tale of a young jazz drummer and his hardcore music teacher is far more electrifying, adrenalising and stunning than any simple synopsis could ever convey, with amazing turns from Miles Teller as the drummer and J.K.Simmons as his terrifying music teacher. Throw in an accomplished and confident turn from young director Damien Chazelle, and it's easy to see how it won over both audiences and critics alike.
Whiplash was an explosive opening, a cruel but orgiastic study of the cost of genius with J K Simmons as a demon conductor. Brill. #sundance— Total Film (@totalfilm) January 17, 2014
For the full list of the winners (along with reaction tweets/mini-reviews), just look below.
Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic): Whiplash
Grand Jury Prize (Documentary): Rich Hill
Audience Award (Dramatic): Whiplash
Audience Award (Documentary): Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory
As a documentary, Alive Inside is flawed. As an emotive, moving movie experience, it's undeniably affecting. Bring tissues. #Sundance— Total Film (@totalfilm) January 24, 2014
Directing (Dramatic): Cutter Hodierne, Fishing Without Nets
Directing (Documentary): Ben Cotner and Ryan White, The Case Against 8
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award (Dramatic): Craig Johnson, The Skeleton Twins
The Skeleton Twins is an uplifting, moving and hilarious movie about suicide, where Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader shine. Gorgeous. #Sundance— Total Film (@totalfilm) January 25, 2014
Read our The Skeleton Twins reaction/mini-review.
Cinematography (Dramatic): Christopher Blauvelt, Low Down
Cinematography (Documentary): Rachel Beth Anderson and Ross Kauffman, E-Team
Editing (Documentary): Jenny Golden and Karen Sim, Watchers of the Sky
Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent (Dramatic): Justin Simien, Dear White People
Special Jury Award for Musical Score (Dramatic): The Octopus Project, Kumiko the Treasure Hunter
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter follows a girl seeking the buried money from Fargo. Lost In Translation in reverse done Coens-style. #sundance— Total Film (@totalfilm) January 21, 2014
Special Jury Award (Documentary): The Overnighters
Special Jury Award for Use of Animation (Documentary): Watchers of the Sky
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic): To Kill a Man
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize (Documentary): Return to Homs
World Cinema Audience Award (Dramatic): Difret
World Cinema Audience Award (Documentary): The Green Prince
The Green Prince is a fascinating documentary that puts a very human face on a complex religious and political situation. Bravo. #Sundance— Total Film (@totalfilm) January 17, 2014
Best of Next Audience Award: Imperial Dreams
'Next' audience award winner Imperial Dreams is a tough drama about life in The Projects. Great performances, bleak realities. #sundance— Total Film (@totalfilm) January 27, 2014
World Cinema Directing Award (Dramatic): Sophie Hyde, 52 Tuesdays
World Cinema Directing Award (Documentary): Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, 20,000 Days on Earth
World Cinema Screenwriting Award: Eskil Vogt, Blind
Norwegian drama Blind plays with narrative structure but tells a simple story. Intelligent, moving and fresh. Also a bit porny. #sundance— Total Film (@totalfilm) January 18, 2014
World Cinema Cinematography Award (Dramatic): Ula Pontikos, Lilting
World Cinema Special Jury Prize (Dramatic): God Help the Girl
World Cinema Editing Award (Documentary): Jonathan Amos, 20,000 Days on Earth
World Cinema Cinematography Award (Documentary): Thomas Balmes and Nina Bernfeld, Happiness
World Cinema Special Jury Award (Documentary): We Come as Friends
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize: Mike Cahill, I Origins