PARK CITY, Utah — The dramatic film "Fruitvale" and the documentary "Blood Brother" won over audiences and Sundance Film Festival judges.

Both American films won audience awards and grand jury prizes Saturday at the Sundance Awards.

"Fruitvale" is based on the true story of Oscar Grant, who was 22 years old when he was shot and killed in a public transit station in Oakland, Calif. First-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler wrote and directed the dramatic narrative.

"This project was about humanity, about human beings and how we treat each other; how we treat the people that we love the most, and how we treat the people that we don't know," the 26-year-old said as he accepted the final prize of the night. "To get this award means that it had a profound impact on the audience that saw it, on the people that were responsible for picking it up. And this goes back to my home, to the Bay Area, where Oscar Grant lived, breathed, slept, loved, fought, had fun, and survived for 22 years."

Fox Searchlight founder and Sundance juror Tom Rothman said "Fruitvale" was recognized for "its skillful realization, its devastating emotional impact and its moral and social urgency – and for anyone out there who thinks for one second that movies don't matter and can't make a difference in the world.

"This will not be the last time you guys walk to a podium," he added.

Coogler said he felt personally connected to the story because he's from Oakland and was born the same year as the subject of his film.

"So I'm the same age, same demographic. So when I saw the footage, initially I was heartbroken, frustrated, and the biggest thing was that Oscar looked like us, you know what I mean?" he said. "He looked like any one of my friends – could have been me, could have been them, and these situations happen again and again."

The U.S. documentary winner, "Blood Brother" follows a young American, Rocky Braat, who moved to India to work with orphans infected with HIV.

"This means so much to so many kids," director Steve Hoover said as he accepted the award.

Other dramatic winners at the ceremony hosted by actor-director Joseph Gordon-Levitt included Lake Bell, who accepted the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for her directorial debut, "In A World," and Jill Soloway, who won the directing award for her feature debut, "Afternoon Delight."

Soloway thanked Bell and the other "lady directors" making their debuts at the festival.

"I feel like we all crossed the street together holding hands," she said. "We're all out there together exposing ourselves and I love being here with you guys."

Cinematographer Bradford Young was recognized for his work in two dramatic films, "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Mother of George."

Documentary winners included Zachary Heinzerling for directing "Cutie and the Boxer" and Matthew Hamachek for editing "Gideon's Army."

The Cambodian film "A River Changes Course" won the grand jury prize for international documentary, and a narrative film from South Korea, "Jiseul," claimed the grand jury prize for dramatic world cinema.

Having a film at Sundance serves as a stamp of approval, Coogler said.

"Audiences trust this film festival more than any other festival in the country," he said, "and they know if a film plays here, it's a film that should be seen."

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  • Lake Bell

    Director, writer and cast member Lake Bell celebrates as she comes on stage to accept her U.S. Dramatic Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for "In A World..." during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

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    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 26: Host Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks at the Awards Night Ceremony during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at Basin Recreation Field House on January 26, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • Ryan Coogler

    Director and screenwriter Ryan Coogler accepts the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic for "Fruitvale" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

  • Lake Bell

    Director, writer and cast member Lake Bell poses after winning the U.S. Dramatic Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for "In A World..." during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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  • Jill Soloway

    Director Jill Soloway accepts her U.S. Dramatic Directing Award for the film "Afternoon Delight" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

  • Ryan Coogler

    Director and screenwriter Ryan Coogler reacts after accepting the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic for "Fruitvale" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

  • Ryan Coogler

    Director Ryan Coogler accepts the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award for the film "Fruitvale" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

  • January Jones

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  • January Jones

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  • Jessica Alba

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  • Amy Poehler

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  • Jessica Alba

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  • Amy Poehler

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  • Richard Jenkins

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  • Catherine O'Hara, Bo Welch

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  • Clark Duke

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  • Adam Scott

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  • Amy Poehler

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  • Kate Bosworth, Michael Polish

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  • Kate Bosworth

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  • Juno Temple

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  • Josh Radnor

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  • Jane Lynch

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  • Josh Radnor, Jill Soloway, Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple

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  • Juno Temple

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  • Josh Radnor

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  • Dakota Fanning

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  • Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple

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  • Amanda Seyfried, Juno Temple

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  • Catalina Sandino

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  • Emily Browning

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  • Michael Cera

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  • Sebastian Silva, Agustin Silva, Michael Cera, Emily Browning, Catalina Sandino, Juno Temple

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  • Catalina Sandino, Juno Temple

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  • Catalina Sandino, Michael Cera

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  • Juno Temple

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  • Peter Sarsgaard

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  • Juno Temple

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  • Shia LaBeouf

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