Brooks Barnes writes for the New York Times a summary of the winners of the top awards at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
“The Birth of a Nation”, the film with everyone’s attention, absolutely dominated the awards ceremony. The film won the grand jury award for best narrative film, the top award at Sundance, and was voted by audiences as the best film of the 11 day festival. Nate Parker stars in the leading role of the slave revolt drama, he also wrote and directed the film. The film is strongly expected to make a case for the 2017 Oscar ceremony, and could unexpectedly benefit from the recent “#OscarsSoWhite” controversy.
The Academy has come under fire recently for the lack of diversity included in the the nominees for the 2015 ceremony, as all of the leading actors and actresses were Caucasian. “The Birth of a Nation” is the perfect film to take the Academy into a newer, much more progressive and ideal direction. It’s an undeniably well acted, well shot and well scripted historical, biographical drama with a diverse cast and crew. It certainly isn’t a quick save-all for America’s main stream Academy Award ceremony, but so far, its a small step in the right direction.