Monday Movie Report: South By Southwest Film Fest Announces Award Recipients

The film festival at South by Southwest 2017 handed out awards selected by the audience this weekend.

According to Deadline, the winners were selected out of 130 features and 128 short films. The awards come after the festival announced its jury awards, such as Grand Jury Winners for “Most Beautiful Island” for Narrative Feature and “The Work” for Documentary Feature.

The full list of winners are below:

Audience Award Winner: “The Light of the Moon,” directed by Jessica M. Thompson

Audience Award Winner: “Dealt,” directed by Luke Korem

Audience Award Winner: “Baby Driver,” directed by Edgar Wright

Audience Award Winner: “Mr. Roosevelt,” directed by Noël Wells.

Audience Award Winner: “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin,” directed by Jennifer M. Kroot.

VISIONS (Honoring creativity and innovation)
Audience Award Winner: “Becoming Bond,” directed by Josh Greenbaum.

MIDNIGHTERS (Provocative after-dark features)
Audience Award Winner: “68 Kill,” directed by Trent Haaga.

Audience Award Winner: “Dear White People,” directed by Justin Simien.

24 BEATS PER SECOND (Honoring sounds, music and musicians)
Audience Award Winner: “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers,” directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio.

GLOBAL (International films)
Audience Award Winner: “Divine Divas,” directed by Leandra Leal.

Audience Award Winner: “The Big Sick,” directed by Michael Showalter.

Audience Award Winner: “Into The Current,” directed by Chris R. Moberg and Jared Young.

VIRTUAL REALITY – Special Awards

Winner: “After Solitary,” directed by Cassandra Herrman and Lauren Mucciolo.

360° VIDEO
Winner: “Behind the Fence,” directed by Lindsay Branham and Jonathan Olinger.

Special Jury Recognition for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality Technology in the Field of Health: “Reinvent,” directed by Ian Forester and Sook-lei Liew.

Special Jury Recognition for Technical Excellence: “Dreams of “O””, directed by Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël

Outside of the festival circuit, the live action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” was the major film winner. The Disney flick shattered the weekend box office, hauling in $170 million.

The full top five was:
1. Beauty and the Beast – $170,000,000
2. Kong: Skull Island – $28,850,000
3. Logan – $17,500,000
4. Get Out – $13,249,475
5. The Shack – $6,130,000

The box office will likely get a shakeup this coming weekend, with new releases including the feature film adaptation of “Power Rangers,” the sci-fi thriller “Life” and the comedy “Chips.”

On home video, meanwhile, the releases include:

  • Sing, ATMR Rating: 2.6 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73%
  • Assassin’s Creed, ATMR Rating: 1 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 17%
  • Miss Sloane, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71%
  • Live by Night, Rotten Tomatoes: 35%