Following a bidding war that netted the film a sale of $12 million, a record at Sundance, the much hyped Me & Earl and the Dying Girl won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award from the Sundance Film Festival Awards Saturday evening. The previous film to win both prizes was 2014’s Whiplash, which is now up for an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (our own Dylan Griffin raved about it) tells the story of an anti-social high school senior who is forced by his mother to become friends with a girl suffering from leukemia. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Glee, American Horror Story), the film stars Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon.
Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush are now planning a 2015 release for the film. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was selected by a jury that included Cary Fukunaga, Edgar Wright, Winona Ryder, Sarah Flack and Lance Acord.
In the Documentary branch, the Grand Jury Prize was awarded to Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack, which documented the lives of the Angulo Brothers, six Manhattan shut-ins who learn about the world solely through the movies they watch and never venture into the outside world.
Here’s the full list of winners via Deadline, along with links to reviewed films.
Grand Jury Prize – Me & Earl and the Dying Girl
Audience Award – Me & Earl and the Dying Girl
Directing Award – The Witch, Robert Eggers
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award – The Stanford Prison Experiment, Tim Talbott
Special Jury Award – Excellence in Cinematography – Diary of a Teenage Girl
Special Jury Award – Excellence in Editing – Dope
Special Jury Award – Collaborative Vision – Advantageous
Grand Jury Prize – The Wolfpack
Audience Award – Meru
Directing Award – Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman
Special Jury Award – Social Impact – 3 ½ Minutes
Special Jury Award – Verite Filmmaking – Western
Special Jury Award – Break Out First Feature – (T)error
Special Jury Award – Cinematography – Cartel Land
World Cinema Dramatic
Grand Jury Prize – Slow West
Audience Award – Umrika
Directing Award – The Summer of Sangaile, Alanté Kavaïté
Special Jury Award – Cinematography – Partisan
Special Jury Award – Acting – Glassland, Jack Reynor
Special Jury Award – Acting – The Second Mother, Regina Casé, Camila Márdila
World Cinema Documentary
Grand Jury Prize – The Russian Woodpecker
Audience Award – Dark Horse
Directing Award – Dreamcatcher, Kim Longinotto
Special Jury Award – Editing – How to Change the World
Special Jury Award – Impact – Pervert Park
Special Jury Award – Unparalleled Access – The Chinese Mayor
Audience Award – NEXT – James White
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize – The Stanford Prison Experiment
SHORT FILM PRIZES
Short Film Grand Jury Prize – World of Tomorrow
Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction – SMILF
Short Film Jury Award – International Fiction – Oh Lucy!
Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction – The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul
Short Film Jury Award – Animation – Storm hits jacket
Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting – Back Alley
Short Film Special Jury Award for Visual Poetry – Object