Best of 1996

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1. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 582,683 | Gross: $24.61M

BEST PICTURE

Nominees: The English Patient Secrets & Lies Shine Evita Romeo + Juliet The Crucible

2. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 582,683 | Gross: $24.61M

BEST DIRECTOR - Joel Coen

Nominees: Mike Leigh - Secrets & Lies Anthony Minghella - The English Patient Scott Hicks - Shine Baz Luhrmann - Romeo + Juliet

3. Shine (1996)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Music

87 Metascore

Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd

Votes: 49,575 | Gross: $35.81M

BEST ACTOR - Geoffrey Rush

Nominees: William H. Macy - Fargo Ralph Fiennes - The English Patient Timothy Spall - Secrets & Lies Daniel Day-Lewis - The Crucible

4. Secrets & Lies (1996)

R | 136 min | Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is an underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan, Claire Rushbrook

Votes: 34,904 | Gross: $13.42M

BEST ACTRESS - Brenda Blethyn

Nominees: Frances McDormand - Fargo Marianne Jean-Baptiste - Secrets & Lies Madonna - Evita Claire Danes - Romeo + Juliet

5. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 582,683 | Gross: $24.61M

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Steve Buscemi

Nominees: Armin Mueller-Stahl - Shine Paul Scofield - The Crucible Tony Jay - The Hunchback of Notre Dame Noah Taylor - Shine

6. The Portrait of a Lady (1996)

PG-13 | 144 min | Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

An American girl inherits a fortune and falls into a misguided relationship with a gentleman confidence artist whose true nature, including a barbed and covetous disposition, turns her life into a nightmare.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey, Martin Donovan

Votes: 10,383 | Gross: $3.69M

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Barbara Hershey

Nominees: Juliette Binoche - The English Patient Glenn Close - 101 Dalmatians Joan Allen - The Crucible Kristin Scott Thomas - The English Patient

7. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

87 Metascore

At the close of World War II, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 170,876 | Gross: $78.65M

BEST CASTING

Nominees: Fargo Secrets & Lies The Portrait of a Lady Shine

8. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 582,683 | Gross: $24.61M

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Nominees: Secrets & Lies Shine

9. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

87 Metascore

At the close of World War II, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 170,876 | Gross: $78.65M

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Nominees: The Crucible The Birdcage Romeo + Juliet Evita

10. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 201,598 | Gross: $46.35M

BEST TITLES/CREDITS DESIGN

Nominees: Twister The Portrait of a Lady The Hunchback of Notre Dame Independence Day

11. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 582,683 | Gross: $24.61M

BEST EDITING

Nominees: The English Patient Eraser Shine Twister

12. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

87 Metascore

At the close of World War II, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 170,876 | Gross: $78.65M

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Nominees: Romeo + Juliet Fargo The Portrait of a Lady Evita

13. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

87 Metascore

At the close of World War II, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 170,876 | Gross: $78.65M

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Nominees: The Portrait of a Lady Evita Romeo + Juliet Dragonheart

14. The Portrait of a Lady (1996)

PG-13 | 144 min | Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

An American girl inherits a fortune and falls into a misguided relationship with a gentleman confidence artist whose true nature, including a barbed and covetous disposition, turns her life into a nightmare.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey, Martin Donovan

Votes: 10,383 | Gross: $3.69M

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Nominees: Evita 101 Dalmatians The English Patient Romeo + Juliet

15. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

87 Metascore

At the close of World War II, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 170,876 | Gross: $78.65M

BEST MAKE-UP & HAIR

Nominees: Evita The Portrait of a Lady Romeo + Juliet Dragonheart

16. Independence Day (1996)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell

Votes: 508,920 | Gross: $306.17M

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Nominees: Twister Dragonheart Eraser Mission: Impossible

17. DragonHeart (1996)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The last dragon and a disillusioned dragonslaying Knight must cooperate to stop an evil King, who was given partial immortality.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Sean Connery, Dina Meyer, Pete Postlethwaite

Votes: 88,380 | Gross: $51.37M

BEST SCORE

Nominees: The Hunchback of Notre Dame The English Patient The Portrait of a Lady The Crucible

18. Evita (1996)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

45 Metascore

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Madonna, Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas, Jimmy Nail

Votes: 32,848 | Gross: $50.05M

BEST SOUNDTRACK/ADAPTED SCORE

Nominees: Romeo + Juliet Shine Space Jam

19. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 201,598 | Gross: $46.35M

BEST SONG - "Kissing You"

Nominees: The Hunchback of Notre Dame - "God Help the Outcasts" Evita - "You Must Love Me" The Hunchback of Notre Dame - "The Bells of Notre Dame" Space Jam - "I Believe I Can Fly"

20. Evita (1996)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

45 Metascore

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Madonna, Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas, Jimmy Nail

Votes: 32,848 | Gross: $50.05M

BEST DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY

21. Independence Day (1996)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell

Votes: 508,920 | Gross: $306.17M

BEST SOUND

Nominees: Twister Eraser The English Patient Evita

22. Independence Day (1996)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell

Votes: 508,920 | Gross: $306.17M

BEST SOUND EDITING

Nominees: Eraser Twister Dragonheart Mission: Impossible

23. Eraser (1996)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams, James Caan, James Coburn

Votes: 99,830 | Gross: $101.30M

BEST STUNTS

Nominees: Mission: Impossible Twister Independence Day Dragonheart

24. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

G | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family

74 Metascore

A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Demi Moore, Jason Alexander, Mary Kay Bergman, Corey Burton

Votes: 133,594 | Gross: $100.14M

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE



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