04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT
The absurdist comedy "Being John Malkovich" and the Gilbert and Sullivan bio "Topsy-Turvy" were voted the best films of 1999 by the National Society of Film Critics, the first time in the organization's 34-year history that there was a tie for the top honor. "Topsy-Turvy" also won best director honors for Mike Leigh in Saturday's voting. The movie has garnered the best film and director awards from the New York Film Critics Circle as well. The National Society voted Russell Crowe as best actor for "The Insider" and Reese Witherspoon as best actress for "Election."