National Board of Review 1996

Top 10 films
* Shine
The English Patient
Secrets & Lies
Everyone Says I Love You
Sling Blade
Breaking the Waves
Jerry Maguire

Top Foreign Films
* Ridicule
Les Voleurs
Bitter Sugar
La Cérémonie

Best Actor:
Tom Cruise – Jerry Maguire

Best Actress:
Frances McDormand – Fargo

Best Supporting Actor:
Edward Norton – Everyone Says I Love You

Best Supporting Actress (tie):
Juliette Binoche and Kristin Scott Thomas – The English Patient

Best Director:
Joel Coen – Fargo

Best Ensemble Acting:
The First Wives Club

Breakthrough performance:
Renée Zellweger – Jerry Maguire

Best Documentary:
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

Best Film Made for Cable TV:
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick

Special Achievement in Filmmaking:
Billy Bob Thornton – Sling Blade

Special Citation:
Elia Kazan, for lifetime achievement in direction

Freedom of Expression Award:
The People vs. Larry Flynt – Miloš Forman, Oliver Stone

International Freedom Award:
Zhang Yuan

Billy Wilder Award:
Sidney Lumet

Career Achievement Award:
Gena Rowlands

William K. Everson Award for Film History:
Peter Bogdanovich, for Who the Devil Made It?

Special Recognition for Excellence in Filmmaking:
Angels & Insects
Big Night
Follow Me Home
I Shot Andy Warhol
Lone Star
Marvin’s Room
The Substance of Fire
The Deli
The War Room
Unhook the Stars
Welcome to the Dollhouse