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“You’re Next” wins big at the Fantastic Fest Awards

"You're Next" wins big at the Fantastic Fest Awards (photo)

The crowd-pleasing horror film racked up four awards including Best Horror Feature and Best Defacement of the Alamo Drafthouse.

Acquired by Lionsgate and pulled from all but one of its screenings at the festival, the crowd-pleasing horror-comedy “You’re Next” still killed at the Fantastic Fest 2011 Awards. The story of a couple trapped in a remote house by crazed animal-mask-wearing killers won four awards: Best Horror Feature, Best Director (Adam Wingard), Best Screenplay (Simon Barrett), and Best Actress (Sharni Vinson). Unofficially, it also won my award for Best Defacement of the Alamo Drafthouse. Look for this one from Lionsgate, probably sometime late in 2012.

The other big winner of the night was “Bullhead,” which made a huge splash in the AMD & Dell Next Wave Spotlight Competition devoted to emerging filmmakers. The dark character study of a steroid-taking Mafia enforcer won Best Picture, Best Director (Michael R. Roskam), and Best Actor (Matthias Schoenaerts). According to IMDb, the film does not yet have a US distributor.

Choosing the winners in any of the categories couldn’t be easy. I saw fourteen films in four and a half days at Fantastic Fest 2011, and most of them were great. I was very pleased to see that one of my favorites, the Danish film “Clown,” garnered awards for Best Comedy Picture and Best Comedy Screenplay. This “Curb Your Enthusiasm”-ish road movie with Farrelly Brothers-ish gross-out sexual humor is uproariously funny; maybe the funniest movie I’ve seen in a theater this year. Here are the rest of my top five favorites:

Matt Singer’s Best of Fantastic Fest 2011
“Sleepless Night,” directed by Frédéric Jardin
“Clown,” directed by Mikkel Nørgaard
“Headhunters,” directed by Morten Tyldum
“Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within,” directed by José Padilha
“Knuckle,” directed by Ian Palmer

The awards are over and I’m heading home, but the festival rolls on for three more days. So does our coverage. Look for more reviews and interviews from Fantastic Fest all this week on IFC.com. Here’s the full list of winners:

AUDIENCE AWARD (Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter)
“A Boy And His Samurai” (Yoshihiro Nakamura)
Runners Up: “You’re Next,” “Juan Of The Dead”

AMD & DELL “NEXT WAVE” SPOTLIGHT COMPETITION
Best Picture: “Bullhead”
Best Director: Michael R. Roskam (“Bullhead”)
Best Screenplay: Josh MacDonald (“The Corridor”)
Best Actor: Matthias Schoenaerts (“Bullhead”)
Best Actress: Jessica Cole (“Aardvark”)
Special Jury Award for Boldness Of Vision: “Beyond The Black Rainbow’

HORROR FEATURES
Best Picture: “You’re Next”
Best Director: Adam Wingard (“You’re Next”)
Best Screenplay: Simon Barrett (“You’re Next”)
Best Actor: Sean Harris (“A Lonely Place To Die”)
Best Actress: Sharni Vinson (“You’re Next”)

FANTASTIC FEATURES
Best Picture: “Milocrorze: A Love Story”
Best Director: Noboru Iguchi (“Karate Robo Zaborgar”)
Best Screenplay: Olafur Egilsson, Grimur Haonarson (“Summerland”)
Best Actor: Julián Villagrán (“Extraterrestrial”)
Best Actress: Sawa Masaki (“Underwater Love”)

GUTBUSTER COMEDY FEATURES
Best Picture: “Clown”
Best Director: Steffen Haars, Flip Van Der Kuil (“New Kids Turbo”)
Best Screenplay: Casper Christensen, Frank Hvam (“Clown”)

SHORT FUSE: HORROR SHORTS
Winner: “How To Rid Your Lover Of A Negative Emotion Caused By You” (Nadia Litz)
Runner-up: “The Unliving” (Hugo Lilj)
Special Jury Award for Outstanding Achievement in Special Effects and General Badassery: “Brutal Relax” (David Muñoz, Rafa Dengrá, Adrián Cardona)

FANTASTIC SHORTS
Best Fantastic Short: “Decapoda Shock” (Javier Chillón)
Runner-up: “All Men Are Called Robert” (Marc-Henri Boulier)
Special Jury Mention for Acting: Robert Picardo (“The Candidate”)

DRAWN AND QUARTERED: ANIMATED SHORTS
Best Animated Short: “Last Norwegian Troll” (Pjotr Sapegin)
Runner-up: “Lazarov” (NIETOV)
What Fantastic Fest award winner are you most looking forward to seeing? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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