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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 based on viewings.

Costume Designing

Emma
Evita
Hamlet
The Portrait of a Lady
Ridicule

Set Designing

The English Patient
Evita
Hamlet
Ridicule
Twelve Monkeys

Actress Support

Juliette Binoche (The English Patient)
Courtney Love (The People Vs. Larry Flynt)
Frances McDormand (Fargo)
Kristen Scott Thomas (The English Patient)
Kate Winslet (Hamlet)

Cinematography

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

Picture Editing

Bound
The English Patient
Evita
Fargo
Trainspotting

Sound Designing

Evita
Independence Day
Mars Attacks!
Mission: Impossible
Twister

Actor Support

Steve Buscemi (Fargo)
Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting)
Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire)
Geoffrey Rush (Shine)
Noah Taylor (Shine)

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)
John Hodge (Trainspotting)
Anthony Minghella (The English Patient)
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)
Madonna (Evita)
Victoire Thivisol (Ponette)
Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves)
Kate Winslet (Jude)

Special Effects

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

Actor Lead

Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet)
Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire)
Woody Harrelson (The People Vs. Larry Flynt)
Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting)
Ian McKellen (Richard III)

Cast Ensemble

The English Patient
Hamlet
Lone Star
Secrets & Lies
Trainspotting

Directing

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
The English Patient (Anthony Minghella) USA
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

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