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‘Election,’ ‘Limey’ get into Spirit nominations

Pics receive 5 noms, 'Boys,' 'Straight' follow with 4

“Election,” director Alexander Payne’s darkly satiric look at a race for high school president, and “The Limey,” Steven Soderbergh’s sleek detective pic, topped the list of nominations for the 15th annual Independent Spirit Awards.

Artisan Entertainment’s “Limey” snagged five nominations, including best feature, best director, best screenplay — and a nod for Terence Stamp as male lead. Paramount’s “Election” was also feted with five noms, among them feature, director and screenplay, and a female lead nomination for Reese Witherspoon as the unusually ruthless high school presidency contender.

Others in the running for feature are “Cookie’s Fortune,” “The Straight Story” and “Sugar Town.”

Fox Searchlight’s well-reviewed “Boys Don’t Cry” and indie favorite David Lynch’s “The Straight Story,” from Disney, followed with four nominations each.

The Independent Feature Project/West, which sponsors the awards, puts films from first-time directors in another category — and this year split that category into two, with pics with budgets under and over $500,000 competing separately.

“The Blair Witch Project,” the no-budget pic that rocked the industry last year, took only one nomination, in the first feature under $500,000 category.

An 11-member committee determines the ballot, and the IFP’s national membership of 9,000 votes for the winners. Awards will be handed out at a ceremony held March 25 in Santa Monica.

Following is a complete list of nominees:

FEATURE

“Election” — producers, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, David Gale, and Keith Samples

“The Limey” — producers, John Hardy & Scott Kramer

“The Straight Story” — producers, Mary Sweeney & Neal Edelstein

“Sugar Town” — producer, Daniel Hassid

“Cookie’s Fortune” — producers, Robert Altman & Etchie Stroh

DIRECTOR

Alexander Payne — “Election”

Harmony Korine — “julien donkey-boy”

Steven Soderbergh — “The Limey”

David Lynch — “The Straight Story”

Doug Liman — “Go”

FIRST FEATURE — OVER $500,000

“Being John Malkovich” — director, Spike Jonze; producers, Michael Stipe, Sandy Stern, Steve Golin and Vincent Landay

“Boys Don’t Cry” — director, Kimberly Peirce; producers, Jeffrey Sharp, John Hart, Eva Kolodner and Christine Vachon

“Three Seasons” — director, Tony Bui; producers, Jason Kliot, Joana Vicente and Tony Bui

“Twin Falls Idaho” — director, Michael Polish; producers, Marshall Persinger, Rena Ronson and Steven J. Wolfe

“Xiu Xiu the Sent Down Girl” — director, Joan Chen; producers, Joan Chen and Alice Chan

FIRST FEATURE — UNDER $500,000

“The Blair Witch Project” — directors, Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez; producers, Gregg Hale & Robin Cowie

“La Ciudad” — director, David Riker; producers, David Riker & Paul S. Mezey

“Compensation” — director, Zeinabu Irene Davis; producers, Zeinabu Irene Davis & Marc Arthur Chery

“Judy Berlin” — director, Eric Mendelsohn; producer, Rocco Caruso

“Treasure Island” — director, Scott King; producer, Adrienne Gruben

DEBUT PERFORMANCE

Kimberly J. Brown — “Tumbleweeds”

Jessica Campbell — “Election”

Jade Gordon — “Sugar Town”

Toby Smith — “Drylongso”

Chris Stafford — “Edge of Seventeen”

FEMALE LEAD

Diane Lane — “Walk on the Moon”

Janet McTeer — “Tumbleweeds”

Hilary Swank — “Boys Don’t Cry”

Susan Traylor — “Valerie Flake”

Reese Witherspoon — “Election”

SUPPORTING FEMALE

Barbara Barrie — “Judy Berlin”

Vanessa Martinez — “Limbo”

Sarah Polley — “Go”

Chloe Sevigny — “Boys Don’t Cry”

Jean Smart — “Guinevere”

MALE LEAD

John Cusack — “Being John Malkovich”

Richard Farnsworth — “The Straight Story”

Terence Stamp — “The Limey”

David Strathairn — “Limbo”

Noble Willingham — “The Corndog Man”

SUPPORTING MALE

Charles S. Dutton — “Cookie’s Fortune”

Luis Guzman — “The Limey”

Terrence Howard — “The Best Man”

Clark Gregg — “The Adventures of Sebastian Cole”

Steve Zahn — “Happy, Texas”

SCREENPLAY

Kevin Smith — “Dogma”

Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor — “Election”

Audrey Wells — “Guinevere”

Lem Dobbs — “The Limey”

James Merendino — “SLC Punk!”

FIRST SCREENPLAY

Tod Williams — “The Adventures of Sebastian Cole”

Charlie Kaufman — “Being John Malkovich”

Kimberly Peirce, Andy Bienen — “Boys Don’t Cry”

Anne Rapp — “Cookie’s Fortune”

John Roach, Mary Sweeney — “The Straight Story”

CINEMATOGRAPHER

M. David Mullen — “Twin Falls Idaho”

Lisa Rinzler — “Three Seasons”

Anthony Dod Mantle — “julien donkey-boy”

Jeffrey Seckendorf — “Judy Berlin”

Harlan Bosmajian — “La Ciudad”

FOREIGN FILM

“All About My Mother,” Spain; director, Pedro Almodovar

“Run Lola Run,” Germany; director, Tom Tykwer

“My Son the Fanatic,” England; director, Udayan Prasad

“Topsy-Turvy,” England; director, Mike Leigh

“Rosetta,” Belgium-France; directors, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

MOTOROLA PRODUCERS AWARD

Pam Koffler, producer of “I’m Losing You” and “Office Killer”

Eva Kolodner, producer of “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Hide and Seek”

Paul Mezey, producer of “La Ciudad”

Christine Walker, producer of “Backroads” and “Homo Heights”

DLJ DIRECT TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

Owsley Brown — “Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles”

Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgan — “On the Ropes”

Michael Camerini, Shari Robertson — “Well Founded Fear”

Rory Kennedy — “American Hollow”

MOVADO SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

Dan Clark — director of “The Item”

Julian Goldberger — director of “Trans”

Lisanne Skyler — director of “Getting to Know You”

Cauleen Smith — director of “Drylongso”

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