Film Honors: 1996

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page.


Costume Designing

The Portrait of a Lady

Set Designing

Twelve Monkeys

Actress Support

Juliette Binoche (The English Patient)
Sandrine Kiberlain (Un héros très discret)
Courtney Love (The People Vs. Larry Flynt)
Claire Rushbrook (Secrets & Lies)
Kate Winslet (Hamlet)


Darius Khondji (Evita)
Darius Khondji (Stealing Beauty)
John Seale (The English Patient)
Alex Thomson (Hamlet)
Brian Tufano (Trainspotting)

Picture Editing

Twelve Monkeys

Sound Designing

Independence Day
Mars Attacks!
Mission: Impossible

Actor Support

Steve Buscemi (Fargo)
Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting)
Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire)
Edward Norton (Primal Fear)
Brad Pitt (Twelve Monkeys)


Screenwriting Original

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Fargo)
Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire)
Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies)
Éric Rohmer (Conte d’été)
John Sayles (Lone Star)

Screenwriting Adapted

Hossein Amini (Jude)
Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet)
Akiva Goldsman (A Time to Kill)
John Hodge (Trainspotting)
Elaine May (The Birdcage)

Score Composing

Curter Burwell (Fargo)
Peter Chase (L’Appartement)
Patrick Doyle (Hamlet)
Rachel Portman (Emma)
Gabriel Yared (The English Patient)

Actress Lead

Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies)
Romane Bohringer (L’Appartement)
Frances McDormand (Fargo)
Victoire Thivisol (Ponette)
Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves)

Special Effects

Independence Day
Mars Attacks!
Mission: Impossible
Star Trek: First Contact

Actor Lead

Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet)
Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire)
Woody Harrelson (The People Vs. Larry Flynt)
Ian McKellen (Richard III)
Geoffrey Rush (Shine)


Cast Ensemble

Lone Star
Secrets & Lies


Danny Boyle (Trainspotting)
Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet)
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Fargo)
Milos Forman (The People Vs. Larry Flynt)
Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies)

Motion Picture

Conte d’été (Éric Rohmer) France
Fargo (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen) USA
Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh) UK / USA
Jerry Maguire (Cameron Crowe) USA
L’Appartement (Gilles Mimouni) France
Lone Star (John Sayles) USA
The People Vs. Larry Flynt (Milos Forman) USA
Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh) UK
Trainspotting (Danny Boyle) UK
Un héros très discret (Jacques Audiard) France

Enough with the porn and the heroin and wife kidnapping, let me know what you thought of 1996 in the movies in the comments below.


3 responses to “Film Honors: 1996

  1. This just reminds me I really need to see The English Patient one of these days. Glad to see all the love for Fargo and Trainspotting. Magnificent movies, both. If I have a gripe it would be that I would have went with Steve Buscemi in Supporting Actor and Courtney Love in Supporting Actress. Then again, I haven’t seen The English Patient.

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