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'Push' ties two award records at the Sundance Film Festival

January 24, 2009 | 10:18 pm

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"Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire" tied two records when awards were doled out Saturday night at the Sundance Film Festival. It won the most awards (three) — the grand jury prize, audience award and a special jury prize to Mo'Nique as a terrifying, welfare-swindling mom of a pregnant teen who tries to escape her clutches.

Five films in the past also won three prizes at the Sundance Film Festival: "American Dream" (1990), "Hurricane" (1996), "Three Seasons" (1998), "Dark Days" (1999) and "The Station Agent" (2002).

"Push's" other milestone achievement: It's the third movie to win both the grand jury and audience awards for features, after "Three Seasons" (1998) and "Quinceanera" (2006).

In his L.A. Times wrap-up, Kenneth Turan has more details about other top victories at the fest. Also, check out Variety's report.

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The Envelope is blogging live from Sundance Film Festival!

January 17, 2009 |  6:08 pm

Check out our new blog offering instant coverage of whazzup at the Sundance Film Festival. Bookmark the main page and hit refresh often for the latest reports, which include dozens of exclusive video Sundance_mariah_carey_news_39274 chats with top stars and filmmakers plus pix and in-depth text reports. Also, explore our main Sundance page, which includes feature articles, film reviews, plus even more video, and a special photo gallery.

Among our videos: Ben Affleck chats about the documentary he exec-produced, "Reporter," which spotlights coverage of war-torn Congo by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof. Amy Poehler, in Park City to ballyhoo her new movie, "Spring Breakdown," tells us who she most wants to meet among the glitterati at the fest. Sam Rockwell dishes his new pic, "Moon."

Other interviews include Ashton Kutcher discussing his new pic, "Spread," and telling us about his promo work on behalf of President-elect Barack Obama.

In our photo gallery are lively shots of the "Rudo y Cursi" team — director Carlos Cuaron, producer Guillermo del Toro, actor Gael García Bernal. See Christie Brinkley (is she snow dancing at Sundance?), DJ AM spinning records at the parties, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon at the screening of "Push: Based on the Novel By Sapphire" and Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon attending the premiere of Bacon's "Taking Chances."

Photos of Christie Brinkley and Mariah Carey courtesy of Getty Images

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