Soloway praised the woman directors in the U.S. Dramatic competition, who represented eight of the 16 films in the category.
"I feel like we all walked across the street here holding hands," Soloway said.
Bell joked that her "voice is cracking. I guess I’m going through puberty as well." Bell thanked Sundance "for giving me the continued encouragement to have the balls to do this."
Comedies scored at Sundance in another way. They landed deals with distributors.
Movies such as competition entry "Austenland" and Premieres films "The Way, Way Back" and "Don Jon’s Addiction" (directed by Joseph-Gordon Levitt, who was the awards-night emcee) all left Sundance with seven-figure deals.
All the award winners will get to take one more bow at screenings in Park City on Sunday, the festival’s final day.
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