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'The Birth of a Nation' takes top prizes at Sundance as festival enters diversity debate

'The Birth of a Nation' takes top prizes at Sundance as festival enters diversity debate

Capping a historic week at the Sundance Film Festival, Nate Parker's slave-rebellion drama ‎"The Birth of a Nation" took both the grand jury and audience prizes in the U.S. Dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday night.

The movie's big wins came after an effusive set of screenings in Park City and a $17.5 million acquisition by Fox Searchlight -- and were part of a larger riposte by the festival to an Oscar voting body that overlooked people of color.

"Thank you, Sundance, for creating a platform for us to grow in spite of what the rest of Hollywood is doing sometimes," Parker said in accepting the grand jury prize.

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