PARK CITY, Utah - Fruitvale, written and directed by first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler, was the big dramatic winner at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film, produced by Forest Whitaker and starring Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights), took the festival's grand jury prize for dramatic film as well as the drama category's audience award at a ceremony Saturday night.
Fruitvale is based on the story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Oakland, Calif., resident shot by police at the Fruitvale subway stop in 2009.
Upon hearing the announcement for the top drama win, Coogler, 26, vaulted over the front of the stage to get to the podium and seemed overcome with emotion behind the microphone.
"When I first made this project, it was about humanity, and how we treat the people we love most and the people we don't know," he said. "To get this means that this film made a powerful impact. This goes back to my home, the Bay area, where Oscar Grant lived for 22 years. I can't wait to see you all when this is said and done and I'm more articulate and not so emotional."
Sundance jury member and former Fox studios chairman Tom Rothman praised the film for "its skillful realization, its devastating emotional impact and its moral and social urgency" and said it was destined for future greatness.
"This will not be the last time you guys walk to a podium," Rothman said before presenting the award.
Last year's dramatic grand jury prize winner, Beasts of the Southern Wild, received four 2013 Oscar nominations.
Blood Brother, directed by Steve Hoover, was the big documentary winner sweeping the grand jury prize for documentary and the audience award.
The story focuses on a dissatisfied American, Rocky Braat, who travels to India to work in an orphanage with children who have HIV.
"Man, it is so encouraging. For the kids, that is so awesome," said a tearful Braat. "Because their lives are so challenging. And no one remembers their names."
Lake Bell was rewarded for her feature screenwriting and directorial debut In a World... She took home the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Ironically, Bell had trouble finding her voice for the comedy portraying the competitive world of voice-over actors.
"I was not expecting this at all, my voice is cracking," said Bell, accepting the award. "I guess I'm going through puberty, as well. This is just so unexpected."
Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley earned a special jury award for acting in the coming-of-age story The Spectacular Now.
The film awards, at the end of the 10-day Sundance festival, were hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who had his feature directorial debut in the line-up - Don Jon's Addiction.
Gordon-Levitt told the audience that his first movie at age 9 was the Robert Redford-directed A River Runs Through It. He remembered clearly Redford, who founded the Sundance Institute, giving him a Sundance T-shirt on the set.
The simple act started his journey to eventually hosting the awards program.
"This isn't basketball. This is the movies," Gordon-Levitt said. "There are no winners and losers. This is art."
Here is the list of 2013 Sundance Film Festival winners.
U.S. Grand Jury Prize, dramatic:Fruitvale
U.S. Grand Jury Prize, documentary:Blood Brother
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, dramatic:Jiseul
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, documentary:A River Changes Course
Audience Award, World Cinema, dramatic:Metro Manila
Audience Award, World Cinema, documentary: The Square
Audience Award, U.S. dramatic: Fruitvale
Audience Award, U.S. documentary: Blood Brother
Audience Award, Best of NEXT:This is Martin Bonner
Directing Award, U. S. dramatic: Afternoon Delight
Directing Award, U.S. documentary:Cutie and the Boxer
Directing Award, World Cinema, dramatic:Crystal Fairy
Directing Award: World Cinema, documentary: The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear
Cinematography Award, World Cinema dramatic: Lasting
Cinematography Award, U.S. documentary: Dirty Wars
Cinematography Award, U.S. dramatic:Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Cinematography Award, U.S. dramatic: Mother of George
Cinematography Award, World Cinema documentary:Who Is Dayani Cristal?
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking:Inequality for All
U.S. Documentary Special Jury award for Achievement in Filmmaking:American Promise
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting: Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley,The Spectacular Now
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Sound Design: Shane Carruth and Johnny Marshall, Upstream Color
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Circles
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Punk Spirit : Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer
Editing Award, World Cinema documentary:The Summit
Editing Award, U.S. documentary:Gideon's Army
Screenwriting Award, World Cinema dramatic:Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. dramatic : In A World...
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize:Computer Chess
Short Film Grand Jury Prize:The Whistle
Short Film Jury Award, U.S. fiction:Whiplash
Short Film Jury Award, international fiction:The Date
Short Film Jury Award, non-fiction: Skinningrove
Short Film Jury Award, animation: Irish Folk Furniture
Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY