Sundance Awards: ‘CODA’ Wins Grand Jury Prize

Top doc honors went to ‘Summer of Soul’ from director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, who accepted his award from inside a car on his “way to work” in New York City at ‘The Tonight Show.’

CODA has won the top award at the Sundance Film Festival, taking this year’s U.S. Grand Jury prize. The title, which made headlines earlier in the fest for its record-breaking $25 million sale to Apple, also took the dramatic audience award, while director Sian Heder was honored with the directing award for U.S. dramatic competition.

“I hope that this opened the door to people getting that audiences want to see these kinds of stories,” said Heder of the movie, which centers on a hearing teenage girl that is a child of deaf adults. “I hope that this means that more stories that center on deaf characters and characters with

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SAG Awards Nominations 2021: Fearless Film Predictions

Among the films leading the charge are “Da 5 Bloods,” “One Night in Miami,” “Minari,” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

Forget the highbrow critics groups. They’re influential, but the Screen Actors Guild Awards are more reflective of where Academy actors are heading. SAG and the Oscars don’t always line up, some of which is a matter of timing: Late-breaking movies often aren’t seen by enough of the SAG nominating committee. SAG voters tend to be more mainstream and younger than the Academy’s dominant actors branch, not to mention larger in number: Each year, SAG selects a new nominating committee of 2,500 members, about double the Academy voters.

Last year, eventual Best Picture contenders “The Irishman” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” scored four nominations each, including Cast in a Motion Picture and Stunt Ensemble, while Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” was shut out. Remember the Bryan Cranston shocker for “Trumbo”?

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‘CODA,’ ‘Summer of Soul’ Win Top Jury and Audience Awards at Sundance Film Festival

a person standing in front of a crowd: CODA Summer of Soul

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CODA Summer of Soul

The narrative feature “CODA” and the documentary “Summer of Soul” swept the top categories at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury Prizes and also taking the audience awards in the U.S. dramatic and documentary competitions.

“CODA,” director Sian Heder’s coming-of-age story in which Emilia Jones plays the only hearing member of a deaf family, also won an award for its ensemble, many of them deaf actors who performed in ASL. Its wins come three days after the film set a record for the largest sale in Sundance history, a $25 million deal with Apple.

“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” which like “CODA” screened on the festival’s opening night, is a documentary by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson built around long-unseen concert footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, a six-weekend event that first-time director Questlove uses

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Low-key Kennedy Center arts awards to honor Joan Baez, Dick Van Dyke

Hollywood legend Dick Van Dyke and folk icon Joan Baez are among those receiving this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, one of America’s most prestigious arts awards, which will be distributed at a scaled-back event reimagined due to the pandemic.

Choreographer and actress Debbie Allen, country singer-songwriter Garth Brooks and violinist Midori round out the 43rd class of honorees.

The Kennedy Center — Washington’s performing arts complex that serves as a living monument to slain president John F. Kennedy — was forced to twice postpone its night of red-carpet glitz traditionally held in December due to the coronavirus.

Instead of a single gala, a series of small in-person events with socially distant audiences and virtual tributes is now slated for May 17-22. The honorees will receive their medals during that week.

“This past year has taught us many things including the need to be flexible and adaptable,” Kennedy Center president Deborah

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