New York Film Critics 1996

Best Film:
Runners-up: The People vs. Larry Flynt and Breaking the Waves

Best Actor:
Geoffrey Rush – Shine
Runners-up: Daniel Day-Lewis – The Crucible, Kevin Costner – Tin Cup and Tom Cruise – Jerry Maguire

Best Actress:
Emily Watson – Breaking the Waves
Runners-up: Frances McDormand – Fargo and Nicole Kidman – The Portrait of a Lady

Best Supporting Actor:
Harry Belafonte – Kansas City
Runners-up: Martin Donovan – The Portrait of a Lady and Tony Shalhoub – Big Night

Best Supporting Actress:
Courtney Love – The People vs. Larry Flynt
Runner-up: Barbara Hershey – The Portrait of a Lady

Best Director:
Lars von Trier – Breaking the Waves

Best Screenplay:
Albert Brooks and Monica Johnson – Mother

Best Cinematography:
Robby Müller – Breaking the Waves and Dead Man

Best Documentary:
When We Were Kings

Best Foreign Language Film:
The White Balloon • Iran

Best New Director:
Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott – Big Night

Most Distinguished Re-issue:

Special Citation:
Jonas Mekas; to the president of the Anthology Film Archives for his long contributions to independent film.