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1996: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives

  1. Fargo (dir: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
  2. Crash (dir: David Cronenberg)
  3. Bound (dir: Lily Wachowski and Lana Wachowski)
  4. La Promesse (dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
  5. Trainspotting (dir: Danny Boyle)
  6. The Portrait of a Lady (dir: Jane Campion)
  7. Waiting for Guffman (dir: Christopher Guest)
  8. Irma Vep (dir: Olivier Assayas)
  9. From Dusk Till Dawn (dir: Robert Rodriguez)
  10. I Shot Andy Warhol (dir: Mary Harron)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Bottle Rocket (dir: Wes Anderson), The Cable Guy (dir: Ben Stiller), The English Patient (dir: Anthony Minghella), James and the Giant Peach (dir: Henry Selick), Mars Attacks! (dir: Tim Burton), The People vs. Larry Flynt (dir: Milos Forman), Ridicule (dir: Patrice Leconte), The Rock (dir: Michael Bay), Scream (dir: Wes Craven) and Swingers (dir: Doug Liman)

Best Film of the Year: Fargo
Producers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

US Distributor: Gramercy

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen with Bruce Bohne and Frances McDormand on the set of Fargo

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen with Bruce Bohne and Frances McDormand on the set of Fargo

Best Director:
1. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Fargo
2. David Cronenberg, Crash
3. Lily (Andy) Wachowski and Lana (Larry) Wachowski, Bound
4. Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, La Promesse
5. Danny Boyle, Trainspotting


Jim Carrey with (left to right) Bob Odenkirk, Julie Hayden, Blake Boyd, Annabelle Gurwitch, George Segal, Leslie Mann and Diane Baker in Ben Stiller's The Cable Guy

Jim Carrey with (left to right) Bob Odenkirk, Julie Hayden, Blake Boyd, Annabelle Gurwitch, George Segal, Leslie Mann and Diane Baker in Ben Stiller's The Cable Guy

Best Actor:
1. Jim Carrey, The Cable Guy

2. William H. Macy, Fargo
3. Woody Harrelson, The People vs. Larry Flynt
4. Geoffrey Rush, Shine
5. Christopher Guest, Waiting for Guffman


Lili Taylor in Mary Herron's I Shot Andy Warhol

Lili Taylor in Mary Herron's I Shot Andy Warhol

Best Actress:
1. Lili Taylor, I Shot Andy Warhol
2. 
Emily Watson, Breaking the Waves
3. Brenda Blethyn, Secrets & Lies
4. Renee Zellweger, Jerry Maguire

5. Courtney Love, The People vs. Larry Flynt


Elias Koteas in David Cronenberg's Crash

Elias Koteas in David Cronenberg's Crash

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Elias Koteas, Crash
2. Owen Wilson, Bottle Rocket
3. Steve Buscemi, Fargo
4. Harold Perrineau, Romeo + Juliet
5. Vince Vaughn, Swingers


Frances McDormand in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Fargo

Frances McDormand in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Fargo

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Frances McDormand, Fargo
2. Jennifer Tilly, Bound
3. Barbara Hershey, The Portrait of a Lady
4. Juliette Binoche, The English Patient
5. Nathalie Richard, Irma Vep


Steve Buscemi and Steven Reevis in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Fargo

Steve Buscemi and Steven Reevis in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Fargo

Best Original Screenplay:
1. Fargo – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
2. La Promesse – Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne
3. The People vs. Larry Flynt – Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
4. Bottle Rocket
 Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson
5. Scream – Kevin Williamson


Debra Kara Unger and James Spader in David Cronenberg's Crash

Debra Kara Unger and James Spader in David Cronenberg's Crash

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Crash – David Cronenberg
2. James and the Giant Peach – Karey Kirkpatrick, Jonathan Roberts and Steve Bloom
3. Trainspotting – John Hodge
4. I Shot Andy Warhol — Mary Harron and Daniel Minahan
5. The Portrait of a Lady — Laura Jones


Gina Gershon in Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski's Bound

Gina Gershon in Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski's Bound

Best Cinematography:
1. Bound – Bill Pope
2. Crash – Peter Suschitzky
3. The English Patient – John Seale
4. Romeo + Juliet – Donald McAlpine
5. Trainspotting – Brian Tufano


William H. Macy in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Fargo

William H. Macy in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Fargo

Best Original Score:
1. Fargo – Carter Burwell
2. James and the Giant Peach – Randy Newman
3. Kansas City – Hal Willner
4. The English Patient — Gabriel Yared
5. Mars Attacks! – Danny Elfman


Dash Mihok and Harold Perrineau in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet

Dash Mihok and Harold Perrineau in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet

Best Film Editing:
1. Romeo + Juliet – Jill Bilcock
2. Trainspotting – Masahiro Hirakubo
3. The Rock — Richard Francis-Bruce
4. Irma Vep — Luc Barnier
4. Bound — Zach Staenberg


Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet

Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet

Best Production Design:
1. Hamlet — Tim Harvey and Desmond Crowe
2. Romeo + Juliet – Caroline Martin and Brigitte Broch
3. That Thing You Do! – Victor Kempster and Merideth Boswell
4. The Portrait of a Lady — Janet Patterson and Mark Raggett
5. From Dusk Till Dawn – Cecilia Montiel and Felipe Fernandez del Paso


Nicole Kidman in Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady

Nicole Kidman in Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady

Best Costume Design:
1. The Portrait of a Lady — Janet Patterson

2. Ridicule
— Christian Gasc
3. Romeo + Juliet — Catherine Martin
4. Hamlet — Alexandra Byrne
5. Evita — Penny Rose


Best Ensemble Cast: Waiting for Guffman
Best First Feature: Lana (Andy) Wachowski and Lily (Larry) Wachowski, Bound

Top: Best Ensemble Cast (in alphabetical order): Bob Balaban, Paul Benedict, Christopher Guest, Michael Hitchcock, Don Lake, Eugene Levy, Larry Miller, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Deborah Theaker and Fred Willard in Christopher Guest's Waiting for Guffman Bottom: Jennifer Tilly in Lana Wachowski and Lily Wachowski's Bound

Top: Best Ensemble Cast (in alphabetical order): Bob Balaban, Paul Benedict, Christopher Guest, Michael Hitchcock, Don Lake, Eugene Levy, Larry Miller, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Deborah Theaker and Fred Willard in Christopher Guest's Waiting for Guffman

Bottom: Jennifer Tilly in Lana Wachowski and Lily Wachowski's Bound


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