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'Whiplash' Wins Big at 2014 Sundance Film Festival

January 27, 2014 (4:31 am) GMT
The drama starring Miles Teller gets two top prizes, Grand Jury Dramatic and Audience Award U.S. Dramatic.
'Whiplash' Wins Big at 2014 Sundance Film Festival

"" enjoys a double victory at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The starrer, which follows a young musician struggling to become a top jazz drummer, wins awards for Grand Jury Dramatic and Audience Award U.S. Dramatic.

It marks the second year in a row a film grabbed the top dramatic prizes after "" led by did so last year. Besides winning big, "Whiplash" has also been bought by Sony Pictures Classics in the festival's first acquisition deal.

"I remember my first time here was with a short, and the whole reason we made a short was because of my experiences as a drummer," director Damien Chazelle said, before jokingly adding, "No-one wanted to finance the film because no-one wants to make a film about a jazz drummer - surprising."

Last year, Chazelle won the U.S. fiction short film grand jury prize at last year's Sundance for the film's short version.

Other winners include 's "" for Cinematography Award World Cinema Dramatic, and 's "" for Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award U.S. Dramatic, Amy-Jo Albany biopic "" for Cinematography Award U.S. Dramatic, and satire drama "" starring and for U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent.



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