And the winner is.... "Fruitvale."
The film about the final days of Oscar Grant, who was shot dead by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle in 2009, won big at Saturday's Sundance Film Festival Awards. "Fruitvale" earned both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic competition.
The movie was directed by Oakland's Ryan Coogler, whose acceptance speech for the Grand Jury Prize was quoted on the festival blog:
At the end of the day, 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. 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.”
You can watch Coogler's acceptance speech in this video, which was shot from the audience at the awards ceremony.