Spirit 1996

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the producer(s))
* Fargo Ethan Coen
Dead Man Demetra J. Macbride
The Funeral Mary Kane
Lone Star R. Paul Miller and Maggie Renzi
Welcome to the Dollhouse Todd Solondz

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director(s))
* Sling Blade Billy Bob Thornton
Big Night Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci
I Shot Andy Warhol Mary Harron
Manny & Lo Lisa Krueger
Trees Lounge Steve Buscemi

BEST DIRECTOR
* Joel Coen Fargo
Abel Ferrera The Funeral
David O. Russell Flirting with Disaster
Todd Solondz Welcome to the Dollhouse
Robert M. Young Caught

BEST SCREENPLAY
* Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Fargo
Jim Jarmusch Dead Man
David O. Russell Flirting with Disaster
John Sayles Lone Star
Nicholas St. John The Funeral

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
* Joseph Tropiano and Stanley Tucci Big Night
Steve Buscemi Trees Lounge
Lisa Krueger Manny & Lo
Michael Scott Myers The Whole Wide World
Suzan-Lori Parks Girl 6

BEST FEMALE LEAD
* Frances McDormand Fargo
Maria Conchita Alonso Caught
Scarlett Johansson Manny & Lo
Catherine Keener Walking and Talking
Reneé Zellweger The Whole Wide World

BEST MALE LEAD
* William H. Macy Fargo
Chris Cooper Lone Star
Chris Penn The Funeral
Tony Shalhoub Big Night
Stanley Tucci Big Night

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
* Elizabeth Peña Lone Star
Queen Latifah Set It Off
Mary Kay Place Manny & Lo
Lili Taylor Girls Town
Lily Tomlin Flirting with Disaster

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
* Benicio Del Toro Basquiat
Kevin Corrigan Walking and Talking
Matthew Faber Welcome to the Dollhouse
Gary Farmer Dead Man
Richard Jenkins Flirting with Disaster

BEST DEBUT PERFORMANCE
* Heather Matarazzo Welcome to the Dollhouse
Jena Malone Bastard Out of Carolina
Brendan Sexton III Welcome to the Dollhouse
Arie Verveen Caught
Jeffrey Wright Basquiat

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
* Roger Deakins Fargo
Ken Kelsch The Funeral
Robby Müller Dead Man
Bill Pope Bound
Rob Sweeney Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day

BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the director)
* Secrets & Lies Mike Leigh
Breaking the Waves Lars Von Trier
Chungking Express Wong Kar-Wai
Lamerica Gianni Amelio
Trainspotting Danny Boyle

SWATCH SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD (Award given to the director)
* Larry Fessenden Habit
Joe Brewster The Keeper
Chris Smith American Job

DIRECTV/IFC TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
* When We Were Kings Director: Leon Gast, Producers: Leon Gast, David Sonenberg and Taylor Hackford
Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern, Director/Producers/Writers: Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher
Celluloid Closet, Directors/Producers: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman; Writers: Sharon Wood, Armistead Maupin, Rob Epstein, and Jeffrey Friedman
Looking for Richard, Writer/Director: Al Pacino, Producers: Al Pacino, and Michael Hadge
Paradise Lost, Directors/Producers: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky

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