'Lars,' 'Butterfly' put mark on Humanitas


"Lars and the Real Girl" and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" edged "Juno" to grab top feature film honors at the 34th annual Humanitas Prize Awards, handed out at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

"Lars" writer Nancy Oliver gave an emotional acceptance speech during the ceremony, which honors film and TV writing that explores the human condition. She discussed the difficulty of "trying to sell a story about loss and grief and aggravation that's a comedy."

Each Humanitas award carries a cash prize, with a total of $95,000 handed out Wednesday.

In the TV categories, HBO's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," written by Daniel Giat, won in the 90-minute category, and "John Adams (Part 1)," written by Kirk Ellis, topped the 60-minute category. "Scrubs' " David Tennant won in the 30-minute category.

A new documentary award, underwritten by The Hollywood Reporter, was given to "Young@Heart" director Stephen Walker. (partialdiff)