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Winter’s Bone Takes Top Honors at Sundance

Granik accepting the grand jury prize.

Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone — a grim and gritty drama about a girl who treks through the Ozarks to find her missing father — cleaned up at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, winning both the dramatic competition Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting award. Roadside Attractions will distribute the film, based on a novel by Daniel Woodrell, later this year.

How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor’s debut film, quirktastically named HappyThankYouMorePlease, took the Dramatic Audience Award. Radnor wrote, directed and stars in the film, described as an “indie” modern-day romantic comedy. Restrepo, Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s documentary about their year spent embedded with the Second Platoon fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, won the U.S. documentary grand jury prize.

Last year’s Grand Jury Prize winner Precious went on to make over $45 mil. at the box office and, of course, catapult Mo’Nique from VH1 reality show host to potential Oscar winner.

The complete list of winners from this year’s festival:

U.S. Dramas:

Grand Jury Prize: Winter’s Bone

Audience Award: happythankyoumoreplease

Directing: Eric Mendelsohn, 3 Backyards

Screenwriting: Debra Granik, Winter’s Bone

Cinematography: Zak Mulligan, Obselidia

Special Jury Prize: Sympathy for Delicious

U.S. Documentaries:

Grand Jury Prize: Restrepo

Audience Award: Waiting for Superman

Directing: Leon Gast, Smash His Camera

Editing: Penelope Falk, Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work

Cinematography: Kirsten Johnson, Laura Poitras, The Oath

Special Jury Prize: Gasland

World Cinema, Dramas

Grand Jury Prize: Animal Kingdom

Audience Award: Contracorriente

Directing: Juan Carlos Valdivia, Southern District

Screenwriting: Juan Carlos Valdivia, Southern District

Cinematography: Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat, The Man Next Door

Special Jury Prize, breakout performance, Tatiana Maslany, Grown Up Movie Star

World Cinema, Documentaries

Grand Jury Prize: The Red Chapel

Audience Award: Wasteland

Directing: Christian Frei, Space Tourists

Editing: Joelle Alexis, A Film Unfinished

Cinematography: Kate McCullough, Michael Lavelle, His & Hers

Special Jury Prize: Enemies of the People

Jury Prize Short Film

U.S.: Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln

International: The Six Dollar Fifty Man

’Winter’s Bone’ tops Sundance [THR]

Winter’s Bone Takes Top Honors at Sundance