Sundance Film Festival follow up: WINTER'S BONE

When I say that WINTER’S BONE has swept up since its debut in Park City, I’m not just tooting my own Sundance horn. This low-budget wonder has wowed audiences and critics alike in a big way, nabbing the Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance, along with a recent Best Film win at the Gotham Awards. It also secured seven nominations at the upcoming Independent Spirit Awards – the most of any film this year.

Writer/director Debra Granik made a name for herself at Sundance back in in 1998 with SNAKEFEED, which won the Short FIlmmaking Award, and again in 2004 with DOWN TO THE BONE, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize and won the Directing Award.

Now that Granik has won the Grand Jury for WINTER’S BONE, Oscar prediction abound. Last year’s Grand Jury Prize winner went to PRECIOUS, which won two Oscars but lost Best Picture to THE HURT LOCKER, which, coincidentally, won Best Film at the Gotham Awards that year. Will Gotham foresee two Oscar bests two years in a row? We won’t know until next year, but we think WINTER’S BONE has what it takes to stand alone amongst studio big guns like THE SOCIAL NETWORK and TRUE GRIT.

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