“Like Crazy” Tops Sundance Award Winners

“Like Crazy” Tops Sundance Award Winners (photo)

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After an unprecedented year for sales and a year that longtime trade critic Todd McCarthy said was the best Sundance he’s ever been to, this year’s winners of the Sundance Film Festival were announced this evening, with many of the prize winners like recent Paramount acquisition “Like Crazy,” a romantic drama starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones (who also picked up a special jury prize), and Fox Searchlight pickups “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Another Earth” coming soon to a theater near you. Without much ado, the winners are here:

Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Drama: “Like Crazy,” directed by Drake Doremus

Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Documentary: “How To Die in Oregon,” directed by Peter D. Richardson

Directing Award, Dramatic: Sean Durkin, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”

Directing Award, U.S. Documentary: Jon Foy, “Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles”

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Sam Levinson, “Another Happy Day”

(Note: Levinson, son of Barry, had the acceptance speech of the night with the emotions spilling out of him as he said, “When I introduce the film I cry, so I don’t know what the fuck’s going to happen now.”)

U.S. Documentary Editing Award: Matthew Hamachek and Marshall Curry, “If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”

Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Film: Mike Cahill and Brit Marling, “Another Earth”

Excellence in Cinematography, U.S. Dramatic Film: Bradford Young, “Pariah”

Excellence in Cinematography, Documentary: Ryan Hill, Peter Hutchens, Eric Strauss, “The Redemption of General Butt Naked”

Special Jury Prize, Acting, Dramatic Competition: Felicity Jones, “Like Crazy”

Special Jury Prize, Documentary: “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey,” directed by Constance Marks

U.S. Audience Award, Dramatic: “Circumstance,” directed by Maryam Keshavarz

U.S. Audience Award, Documentary: “Buck,” directed by Cindy Meehl

World Cinema Audience Award, Documentary: “Senna,” directed by Asif Kapadia

World Cinema Dramatic Award: “Kinyarwanda,” directed by Alrick Brown

Best of NEXT: “to.get.her,” directed by Erica Dunton

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize: “Position Among the Stars,” directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich

World Cinema Documentary Award: “Project Nim,” directed by James Marsh

World Cinema Documentary Award: “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975,” directed by Göran Olsson

World Cinematography Award, Dramatic: Diego Jiminez, “All Your Dead Ones”

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: “Happy Happy,” directed by Sykt Lykkelig

World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award: Paddy Considine, “Tyrannosaur”

World Cinema Screenwriting Award: Erez Kav-El for “Restoration”

World Cinema, Grand Jury Prize: “Hell and Back Again,” directed by Danfung Dennis

World Cinema, Special Jury Prize: Olivia Colman and Peter Mullen for “Tyrannosaur”

All of our Sundance 2011 coverage can be found here.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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