'Cha Cha Real Smooth' wins a virtual Sundance Film Festival award following Apple TV+ pickup

Apple TV+ on iPad Pro (2020) with Magic Keyboard
Apple TV+ on iPad Pro (2020) with Magic Keyboard (Image credit: Bryan M. Wolfe/iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple TV+ movie Cha Cha Real Smooth has won a virtual Sundance Film Festival award.
  • The movie's award comes just days after Apple splashed $15 million to pick it up.
  • Cha Cha Real Smooth stars Cooper Raiff and Dakota Johnson.

Just days after reports that Apple TV+ has picked up Cooper Raiff's Cha Cha Real Smooth, the movie has won its first award.

Reports of Apple TV+'s involvement surfaced recently with a reported $15 million being spent to bring it under the streamer's wing. Now it's already received another win, this time in the form of the audience choice in the U.S. Dramatic category at the virtual Sundance Film Festival.

First reported by Variety, the win could be the first for many for a movie that has all the makings of being an Apple TV+ hit. Written by and starring Raiff, the movie also has Dakota Johnson to its name.

"Cha Cha Real Smooth" stars Raiff as a recent graduate working as a bar mitzvah hype man. While on the job, he strikes up a unique friendship with a young mother (Dakota Johnson) and her teenage daughter (Vanessa Burghardt). Leslie Mann, Evan Assante, Raúl Castillo and Odeya Rush fill out the ensemble.

We don't yet know when we will be able to watch the movie ourselves, but it's likely to already be one at the top of many must-watch lists.

If you want to enjoy Cha Cha Real Smooth in style — whenever it's available to stream — be sure to check out our list of the best Apple TV deals on the market today. If an Apple TV isn't your style, fear not. Apple TV+ can be streamed on iPhones, Macs, and iPads as well as a host of streaming devices including game consoles.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.