Other Weekend Winners

“Election,” a movie satire whose premise is that life mirrors high school, was named best feature at the Spirit Awards, which honor independent films. The ceremony took place Saturday night in Los Angeles. Starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, “Election” was up for a best adapted screenplay Oscar (it lost to “The Cider House Rules”), though the film was generally overlooked by moviegoers when it was released early last year. Its co-writer and director, Alexander Payne, also won a Spirit Award for best director and for his script, co-written by Jim Taylor. Oscar-winner Hilary Swank received the best actress Spirit Award (“Boys Don’t Cry” was an independent film), and Richard Farnsworth was named best actor for his role as the elderly man on the go in “The Straight Story.”

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