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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. Joan the Maid (dir: Jacques Rivette; US Release Date)
  4. Bound (dir: Lily Wachowski and Lana Wachowski)
  5. La Promesse (dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
  6. Trainspotting (dir: Danny Boyle)
  7. La Ceremonie (dir: Claude Chabrol; US Release Date)
  8. The Portrait of a Lady (dir: Jane Campion)
  9. Waiting for Guffman (dir: Christopher Guest)
  10. Irma Vep (dir: Olivier Assayas)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Bottle Rocket (dir: Wes Anderson), The Cable Guy (dir: Ben Stiller), The English Patient (dir: Anthony Minghella), From Dusk Til Dawn (dir: Robert Rodriguez), I Shot Andy Warhol (dir: Mary Harron), 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
Directors: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Producers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

US Distributor: Gramercy Pictures


  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


   Sandrine Bonnaire in Jacques Rivette's  Joan the Maid

Sandrine Bonnaire in Jacques Rivette's Joan the Maid

Best Actress:
1. Sandrine Bonnaire, Joan the Maid
2. 
Emily Watson, Breaking the Waves
3. Brenda Blethyn, Secrets & Lies
4. Sandrine Bonnaire, La Ceremonie

5. Lili Taylor, I Shot Andy Warhol

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  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. Isabelle Huppert, La Ceremonie
3. Barbara Hershey, The Portrait of a Lady
4. Juliette Binoche, The English Patient
5. Nathalie Richard, Irma Vep

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  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. Joan the Maid — 
Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, and Jacques Rivette
4. Bottle Rocket
 Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson
5. Scream – Kevin Williamson

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  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. La Ceremonie — 
Claude Chabrol and Caroline Eliacheff
3. Trainspotting – John Hodge
4. I Shot Andy Warhol — Mary Harron and Daniel Minahan
5. The Portrait of a Lady — Laura Jones

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  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 Documentary Feature: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hills
Best Animated Feature: Mamoru Oshii, Ghost in the Shell

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Best Ensemble Cast: Waiting for Guffman
Orson Welles' Best First Feature: Lana Wachowski and Lily Wachowski, Bound

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

Best First Feature: Jennifer Tilly (pictured) in Lana Wachowski and Lily Wachowski's Bound


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20082007200620052004200320022001
2000199919981997, 1996... 1995199419931992, 19911990198919881987198619851984
19831982,  19811980
1975-791970-741965-691960-641955-591950-541940-49
1930-39
1920-29 + Superlatives Index