Netflix’s ‘The Half of It’ wins Tribeca Film Festival honor

This mage released by Netflix shows Leah Lewis, left, and Daniel Diemer in a scene from "The Half of It," a romance about a high school loner who helps a jock woo the popular girl in school. The film premieres Friday o Netflix. (KC Bailey/Netflix via AP) (Kc Bailey, © Netflix)

LOS ANGELES – Alice Wu’s “The Half of It,” a teenage spin on Cyrano de Bergerac, has won the top award from the Tribeca Film Festival.

Organizers announced winners Wednesday for the festival, which had been set to take place from April 15 through April 26 in New York City. The coronavirus pandemic forced the festival to reschedule, but jury members were able to view the films electronically and vote on winners.

“We are fortunate that technology allowed for our jury to come together this year to honor our filmmakers,” said Jane Rosenthal, Tribeca Film Festival co-founder and CEO, in a statement. “Despite not being able to be together physically, we were still able to support our artists.”

Festival director Cara Cusumano added that, “The jury chose to recognize a daring, innovative, entertaining, diverse group of films and filmmakers, and the festival is pleased to honor all of them with our first ever virtual awards ceremony.”

Lucas Hedges, Terry Kinney and Cherien Dabis made up the jury for the U.S. narrative categories, and selected Assol Abdullina (“Materna”) as best actress and Steve Zahn (“Cowboys”) as best actor.

Best documentary feature went to Bo McGuire’s “Socks on Fire,” which McGuire describes as a “transgenerational docudrama couched in the battle royal for my Nanny’s throne.”

In the international competition, the Polish film “The Hater,” from director Jan Komasa, was selected as the best narrative feature. Jury members included Danny Boyle, William Hurt, and Demián Bichir.

Shira Haas, of the series “Unorthodox,” picked up best actress for the Israeli mother-daughter drama “Asia.”

“Asia,” from director Ruthy Pribar, also won the Nora Ephron Award, from a jury that included Gina Rodriguez, Regina Hall and Lizzy Caplan.