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‘Lars,’ ‘Bell’ tied in Humanitas prize

Other winners include Walker, Qualles

The literary crowd at Wednesday’s 34th annual Humanitas Prize award luncheon provided plenty of laughs and a few political jabs.

Accepting a donation to his charity, author Dave Eggers said, “We’re all worried about this election, increasingly worried, because of the soccer mom.”

Presenter Alan L. Gansberg poked fun at the luncheon’s location, saying Arthur Miller’s stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel inspired his writing, while his “nonfamous” wife was inspired to sleep with the actor in the next room.

The biggest surprise came when the $10,000 feature film prize tied, giving both Nancy Oliver‘s “Lars and the Real Girl” and Ronald Harwood’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” the nod.

Other Humanitas winners included Stephen Walker, Paris Qualles, Kirk Ellis, Dave Tennant and Brian Hohlfeld.