Sundance Films That Went On to Win Oscars

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 4 months ago

The Sundance Film Festival has long been the place where movies begin their road to the Oscars. Check out Academy Awards winners that played at Sundance.

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Harvey Milk in The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

The Times of Harvey Milk

Best Documentary (Feature), Robert Epstein, Richard Schmiechen

57th Academy Awards (1985)

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The Trip to Bountiful (1985)

The Trip to Bountiful

Best Actress in a Leading Role, Geraldine Page

58th Academy Awards (1986)

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Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, and Dianne Wiest in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Hannah And Her Sisters

Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Michael Caine

Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Dianne Weist

Best Original Screenplay, Woody Allen

59th Academy Awards (1987)

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Nicolas Cage and Cher in Moonstruck (1987)

Moonstruck

Best Actress in a Leading Role, Cher

Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Olympia Dukakis

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, John Patrick Shanley

60th Academy Awards (1988)

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Salvatore Cascio and Philippe Noiret in Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Cinema Paradiso

Best Foreign Language Film (Italy), Giuseppe Tornatore

62nd Academy Awards (1990)

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American Dream (1990)

American Dream

Best Documentary (Feature), Barbara Kopple, Arthur Cohn

63rd Academy Awards (1991)

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In the Shadow of the Stars (1991)

In the Shadow of the Stars

Best Documentary (Feature), Allie Light, Irving Saraf

64th Academy Awards (1992)

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Session Man (1991)

Session Man

Best Short Film (Live Action), Seth Winston, Robert N. Fried

64th Academy Awards (1992)

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Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase (1992)

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase

Best Short Film (Animated), Joan C. Gratz

65th Academy Awards (1993)

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Senta Moira and Paul Outlaw in Black Rider (1993)

Black Rider

Best Short Film (Live Action), Pepe Danquart

66th Academy Awards (1994)

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Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life (1993)

Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life

Best Short Film (Live Action), Peter Capaldi, Ruth Kenley-Letts [Tied with Trevor]

67th Academy Awards (1995)

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Trevor (1994)

Trevor

Best Short Film (Live Action), Peggy Rajski, Randy Stone [Tied with Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life]

67th Academy Awards (1995)

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Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, and Kevin Pollak in The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Usual Suspects

Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Kevin Spacey

Best Original Screenplay, Christopher McQuarrie

68th Academy Awards (1996)

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Muhammad Ali in When We Were Kings (1996)

When We Were Kings

Best Documentary (Feature), Leon Gast, David Sonenberg

69th Academy Awards (1997)

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The Full Monty (1997)

The Full Monty

Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score, Anne Dudley

70th Academy Awards (1998)

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James Coburn in Affliction (1997)

Affliction

Best Actor in a Supporting Role, James Coburn

71st Academy Awards (1999)

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Ian McKellen and Rosalind Ayres in Gods and Monsters (1998)

Gods and Monsters

Best Adapted Screenplay, Bill Condon

71st Academy Awards (1999)

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Hilary Swank, Peter Sarsgaard, and Brendan Sexton III in Boys Don't Cry (1999)

Boys Don't Cry

Best Actress in a Leading Role, Hilary Swank

72nd Academy Awards (2000)

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Twin Towers (2003)

Twin Towers

Best Documentary (Short Subject), Bill Guttentag, Robert David Port

75th Academy Awards (2003)

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Harvie Krumpet (2003)

Harvie Krumpet

Best Short Film (Animated), Adam Elliot

76th Academy Awards (2004)

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Rodrigo De la Serna and Gael García Bernal in The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

The Motorcycle Diaries

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song, Jorge Drexler [for the song "Al Otro Lado Del Río"]

77th Academy Awards (2005)

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Ryan Larkin in Ryan (2004)

Ryan

Best Short Film (Animated), Chris Landreth

77th Academy Awards (2005)

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Wasp (2003)

Wasp

Best Short Film (Live Action), Andrea Arnold

77th Academy Awards (2005)

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Terrence Howard, Paula Jai Parker, Taraji P. Henson, and Taryn Manning in Hustle & Flow (2005)

Hustle & Flow

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song, Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman, Paul Beauregard [for the song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"]

78th Academy Awards (2006)

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West Bank Story (2005)

West Bank Story

Best Short Film (Live Action), Ari Sandel

79th Academy Awards (2007)

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An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

An Inconvenient Truth

Best Documentary (Feature), Davis Guggenheim

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song, Melissa Etheridge [for the song "I Need To Wake Up"]

79th Academy Awards (2006)

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Alan Arkin and Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Little Miss Sunshine

Best Supporting Actor, Alan Arkin

Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Michael Arndt

79th Academy Awards (2006)

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Freeheld (2007)

Freeheld

Best Documentary (Short Subject), Cynthia Wade, Vanessa Roth

80th Academy Awards (2008)

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Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová in Once (2007)

Once

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song, Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová [for the song "Falling Slowly"]

80th Academy Awards (2008)

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Man on Wire (2008)

Man on Wire

Best Documentary (Feature), James Marsh, Simon Chinn

81st Academy Awards (2009)

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Logorama (2009)

Logorama

Best Short Film (Animated), Nicolas Schmerkin

82nd Academy Awards (2010)

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The Cove (2009)

The Cove

Best Documentary (Feature), Louie Psihoyos, Fisher Stevens

82nd Academy Awards (2010)

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Gabourey Sidibe in Precious (2009)

Precious

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Mo'Nique

Best Adapted Screenplay, Geoffrey Fletcher

82nd Academy Awards (2010)

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Trine Dyrholm and Mikael Persbrandt in In a Better World (2010)

In a Better World

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (Denmark), Susanne Bier

83rd Academy Awards (2011)

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Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Searching for Sugar Man

Best Documentary (Feature), Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

85th Academy Awards (2013)

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Morgan Neville and Lisa Fischer in Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013)

20 Feet from Stardom

Best Documentary (Feature), Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen, Caitrin Rogers

86th Academy Awards (2014)

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Agata Trzebuchowska in Ida (2013)

Ida

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (Poland), Pawel Pawlikowski

87th Academy Awards (2015)

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Ellar Coltrane in Boyhood (2014)

Boyhood

Best Supporting Actress, Patricia Arquette

87th Academy Awards (2015)

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J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller in Whiplash (2014)

Whiplash

Best Supporting Actor, J.K. Simmons

Best Film Editing, Tom Cross

Best Sound Mixing, Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley

87th Academy Awards (2015)