Sundance faves Sin Nombre and Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire scooped the bulk of awards at the 20th Stockholm Film Festival, which wrapped Sunday.
Mo'Nique won the prize for best actress for her powerful turn as an abusive mother in Lee Daniels' Precious, a performance that has already put the actress on many handicappers' Oscar shortlists.
Cary Fukunaga's Sin Nombre picked up three of Stockholm's Silver Horse trophies: best actor for star Edgar Flores, best first feature film and the Fipresci International Film Critics Prize for best film.
Now my professors will have to give me a good grade, Fukunaga joked, a reference to the fact that the feature, a story of Honduran immigrants trying to reach the U.S., was his film school graduating thesis.
But the 2009 Golden Horse for best feature film went to Dogtooth, a surreal look at a dysfunctional family from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. Dogtooth has proved a favorite on the festival circuit. After winning top prize in the Cannes festival's Un Certain Regard section, it picked up trophies in Montreal, Sarajevo and the Sitges Calalonian fests.
Stockholm'e Silver Audience Award went to the documentary The Cove, director Louie Psihoyos' look at the capture and slaughter of dolphins in Japan.