Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, director of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," accepts the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize for the film during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Park City, Utah.  Chris Pizzello—Invision/AP

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Sweeps Top Awards at Sundance Film Festival

Feb 02, 2015

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, an idiosyncratic film about two student filmmakers who befriend a classmate with cancer, swept the major awards at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film, the movie became a darling of the critics through its quirky humor and heart, according to the Sundance Film Festival official website.

“This movie was about processing the loss and celebrating the life of a beautiful man, my father. So thanks again for this opportunity,” said director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

The film revolves around three students played by Thomas Mann (Greg), RJ Cyler (Earl) and Olivia Cooke (Rachel). It also stars Nick Offerman, known for his role in Parks and Recreation, and Connie Britton from the 2012 television series Nashville.

Last year, Whiplash also received both major Sundance awards and went on to be nominated for the 2015 Academy Awards for “Best Picture.”

The Sundance Film Festival is also famous for its documentaries and The Wolfpack, directed by Crystal Moselle, went home with the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary.

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