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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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‘Coda’ Takes U.S. Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award

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The 2021 Sundance Film Festival awards went off at a very fast clip tonight, in an hour’s time. Host Patton Oswalt — or as he billed himself, “Discount Giamatti” — kept the jokes flowing.

Siân Heder’s Codawhich we first told you was swooped up by Apple with a rich $25 million bid, came up big. It won both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and a Special Jury Ensemble Cast award too. Heder also won Best Director in the U.S. Dramatic section. The movie follows a girl named Ruby. As the only hearing person in an otherwise deaf family, she is divided about staying with them as their fishing business is threatened. 

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Summer of Soul took the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Documentary.

Blerta Basholli’s Hive, about a woman in Kosovo

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



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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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“CODA” big winner at 2021 Sundance Film Festival

“CODA,” a touching coming-of-age dramedy about a young girl in conflict with her deaf parents and brother as she attempts to pursue singing — a talent they cannot fully appreciate — received top honors at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.



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The film received the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Drama, as well as the Audience Award, a director’s award for Siân Heder and a special jury award for its ensemble cast, which includes Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Durant, Eugenio Derbez and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo.

“CODA” (an acronym for Child Of Deaf Adults) also set a record last week when worldwide distribution rights were picked up by Apple Studios for $25 million — the highest sum ever for a film premiering at Sundance.

Other award-winners announced Tuesday evening were the “Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),”

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