PUSH CLAIMS SUNDANCE'S TOP PRIZES
Posted 9:20am 01/26/09
A hard-hitting new movie about a pregnant teen is the toast of the Sundance Film Festival in Utah after claiming three top awards on the final night of the event. Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire, the story of an illiterate Harlem teenager struggling with her studies as she copes with pregnancy, was voted Best U.S. Drama by both a Sundance jury and audience members at the festival on Saturday (24Jan09). Actress/comedienne Mo'Nique also took home a Special Jury Prize for her portrayal as a welfare-swindling mum in the drama. Push becomes one of six films to claim three awards at Sundance in the festival's 25-year history. It's also only the third movie to claim both jury and audience honors. We Live in Public won the Jury Prize for Best U.S. Documentary, while the Audience Award in that category went to Louie Psihoyos’s The Cove. Chilean film The Maid took home the Jury Prize for Best Foreign Drama, while the movie adaptation of British writer Nick Hornby's screenplay, An Education, claimed the Audience Prize. (KL/WN/LR) *WENN
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