The Sundance Film Festival's winners list handed down Saturday included "Weiner," the sex scandal documentary about Anthony Weiner's failed bid for New York Mayor.
According to Deadline Hollywood
, "Weiner" won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize while "Jim: The James Foley Story," which chronicles the life of a journalist who was killed by the Islamic State, won the category's Audience Award.
"Weiner" features not only an inside look at the disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner, but also his wife, Huma Abedin, who is Hillary Clinton's top aide.
According to The New York Times
, the film "provides an unfettered look at the implosion of Mr. Weiner’s mayoral campaign and a wrenching inside account of the couple’s interactions in the aftermath of his second explicit texting scandal" and "comes at an uncomfortable time for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign."
In the U.S. Dramatic category, the slave rebellion drama "The Birth Of A Nation" swept both the Grand Jury and Audience Award.
The debut feature film by Nate Parker — who directed, produced and starred in the film — was developed over seven years, The Wall Street Journal reported
, and received massive standing ovations upon screening.
The film tells the true story of how American slave Nat Turner led a rebellion in 1831.
"Making films is a very, very difficult thing and often you’re left on your own wondering why you’re doing what you’re doing," Parker said from the stage in Park City, Utah, according to The Hollywood Reporter
Parker's film comes amid a growing boycott of the Academy Awards by people upset that all of the top 20 acting nominees were white.
"Thank you, Sundance, for creating a platform for us to grow, in spite of what the rest of Hollywood is doing," Parker added during his speech, likely alluding to the Oscars flap.
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