Movieline Proudly Announces Its 2010 Sundance Competition Lineup Announcement Awards!

Today's an eagerly anticipated date on the indie film lover's calendar, when Sundance unveils the competition lineup for January's festival, unleashing a flood of tempting contenders upon fans who can't wait to see what movies they'll be enjoying a few weeks hence, if they don't first die of hypothermia in a three-hour queue outside a packed Park City auditorium. But after we've allowed ourselves a fleeting moment to savor these titles on a purely artistic level, the harsh reality is that these are competition films that soon will be pitted against each other on a frozen battlefield high in the mountains of Utah, fighting for the same handful of awards.

In recognition of the skirmishes to come, and more than a little influenced by the looming threat of the awards season soon to rage all around us, we've pored over the list and handed out some preliminary prizes to some of the exceptional members of the 2010 lineup, based almost solely upon a well-constructed logline or eye-catching cast-list. After the jump, the results of Movieline's soon-to-be-much-ballyhooed Sundance Lineup Announcement Awards, which were handed out earlier today in a small ceremony at the Beverly Hills Adjacent Motor Inn:

The It's Like The Notebook, If They Shouted At Each Other Because They Started To Feel The Walls Of That Cute House He Built Her Closing In Award:

Blue Valentine

(Director: Derek Cianfrance; Screenwriters: Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne and Joey Curtis)

A complex portrait of an American marriage, Blue Valentine charts the evolution of a relationship over time. Cast: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel, John Doman.

The Not Actually An MTV Reality Show About The Jersey Shore Award


(Director: Drake Doremus; Screenwriters: Lindsay Stidham, Drake Doremus, Jonathan Schwartz and Andrew Dickler)

On the verge of getting married, Sam Nussbaum insists he escort his younger brother, Tom, on a wild goose chase of a journey to find Tom's fifth grade girlfriend. Cast: Andrew Dickler, Ben York Jones, Marguerite Moreau, Nicole Vicius, Amy Ferguson, Wendi McClendon-Covey.

The Where's The Annual Joseph Gordon-Levitt Movie? Oh, Here It Is! And How About Some Natalie Portman, Too? Award:


(Director: Spencer Susser; Screenwriters: Spencer Susser and David Michod; Story by Brian Charles Frank)

A mysterious, anarchical trickster descends on the lives of a family struggling to deal with a painful loss. Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, Devin Brochu, Piper Laurie, John Carroll Lynch.

The This Is Exactly The Movie And Actor We'd Pitch If You Said Let's Make A Sundance Movie Called Holy Rollers Award:

Holy Rollers

(Director: Kevin Tyler Asch; Screenwriter: Antonio Macia)--A young Hasidic man, seduced by money, power and opportunity, becomes an international Ecstasy smuggler. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Danny A. Abeckaser, Ari Graynor, Jason Fuchs.

The Probably Wishing Brothers Wasn't Opening This Weekend Award

Lovers of Hate

(Director and screenwriter: Bryan Poyser)

The shaky reunion of estranged brothers takes a turn for the worse when the woman they both love chooses one over the other. Cast: Chris Doubek, Heather Kafka, Alex Karpovsky, Zach Green.

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