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Georgia Filmed 'Birth of A Nation' Takes Top Sundance Awards

The Georgia filmed movie Birth of a Nation takes home the top Sundance Awards.

Nate Parker's The Birth of A Nation, the drama about a slave revolt that became the sensation of this year's Sundance Film Festival, has won the festival's audience and one of the biggest prizes of the year. The movie, which centers around the real-life rebellion led by Nat Turner, debuted to standing ovations at Sundance only days after the Motion Picture Academy changed their rules in response to the #OscarsSoWhite backlash. Birth of a Nation was sold to Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million, after being offered for $20 million by Netflix. "I made this film for one reason — in the hope of creating change agents," said writer/director/star Nate Parker during the film's Q&A. "You can watch this film and see there are systems that were in place that were corrupt and corrupted people. And the legacy of that still lives with us." Some of the biggest movies premiering at Sundance, would later become Oscar Best Picture nominees Whiplash, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Winter's Bone and Fruitvale Station. U.S. Dramatic Directing Award, U.S., dramatic: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan, Swiss Army Man Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Chad Hartigan, Morris From America Special Jury Award — Individual Performance: Melanie Lynskey, The Intervention Special Jury Award — Individual Performance: Craig Robinson, Morris From America Special Jury Award — Breakthrough Performance: Joe Seo, Spa Night Special Jury Award: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, As You Are U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize: Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Weiner Audience Award: Brian Oakes, Jim: The James Foley Story Directing: Roger Ross Williams, Life, Animated Special Jury Award — Vérité Filmmaking: Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe, The Bad Kids Special Jury Award — Writing: Robert Greene, Kate Plays Christine Special Jury Award — Social Impact Filmmaking: Dawn Porter, Trapped NEXT Audience Award: Kerem Sanga, First Girl I Loved World Cinema Dramatic  Audience Award: Manolo Cruz and Carlos del Castillo, Between Sea and Land Grand Jury Prize: Elite Zexer, Sand Storm Directing Award: Felix van Groeningen, Belgica Special Jury Award — Unique Vision and Design:  Agnieszka Smoczyńska, The Lure Special Jury Award — Screenwriting: Inés Bortagaray, Ana Katz, Mi Amiga Del Parque Special Jury Award — Acting: Vicky Hernandéz, Manolo Cruz, Between Sea and Land World Cinema Documentary  Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, Sonita Directing: Michal Marczak, All These Sleepless Nights Special Jury Award — Best Editing: Mako Kamitsuna, John Maringouin, We Are X Special Jury Award — Best Cinematography: Pieter-Jan De Pue, The Land of the Enlightened Special Jury Award — Best Debut Feature: Mathew Orzel, Heidi Brandenburg, When Two Worlds Collide

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