'fruitvale' director ryan coogler as sundance

‘Fruitvale’ director Ryan Coogler at Sundance

*Sundance is over and marks another historical event in the record books.

And as we reported earlier, “Fruitvale” director Ryan Coogler went home a champ with not one major award, but two.

Not only did the film pick up the Audience Award, but also the Grand Jury Prize, the most celebrated, coveted award of the festival.

Now this is more historical than it appears. “Fruitvale” is one of the very few black films to receive an Audience Award or Grand Jury Prize at the festival, the first given in 1990, six years after Sundance started the awarding tradition.

“Fruitvale” turns out to be the fourth film at the fest to score both awards and the second black film to do the same in the festival’s history. “Precious” took home both prizes four years ago.

Read the breakdown here.