Fixing The Oscars – 1996

Best Picture (English-language)

(WINNER!) – Breaking the Waves

– Trainspotting
– Fargo
– Secrets & Lies
– The English Patient

Best Picture (Non-English-language)

(WINNER!) – Microcosmos (Microcosmos: Le peuple de l’herbe)

– Kolya
– Ridicule
– Thesis (Tesis)
– Conspirators of Pleasure (Spiklenci slasti)

Best Actor

(WINNER!) – Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade)

– William H. Macy (Fargo)
– Geoffrey Rush (Shine)
– Woody Harrelson (The People Vs. Larry Flynt)
– Jim Carrey (The Cable Guy)

Best Actress

(WINNER!) – Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves)

– Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies)
– Victoire Thivisol (Ponette)
– Renée Zellweger (Jerry Maguire)
– Lili Taylor (I Shot Andy Warhol)

Best Supporting Actor

(WINNER!) – Timothy Spall (Secrets & Lies)

– Steve Buscemi (Fargo)
– Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting)
– Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire)
– Vince Vaughn (Swingers)
– Stellan Skarsgård (Breaking the Waves)
– Joe Pantoliano (Bound)

Best Supporting Actress

(WINNER!) – Juliette Binoche (The English Patient)

– Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies)
– Fanny Ardant (Ridicule)
– Elizabeth Peña (Lone Star)
– Marisa Tomei (Unhook the Stars)

Best Director

(WINNER!) – Alejandro Amenábar (Tesis)

– Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves)
– Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (Fargo)
– Milos Forman (The People vs. Larry Flynt)
– Woody Allen (Everyone Says I Love You)
– Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies)

Best Cinematography

(WINNER!) – John Seale (The English Patient)

– Roger Deakins (Fargo)
– Robby Müller (Breaking the Waves)
– Sacha Vierny (The Pillow Book)
– Peter Suschitzky (Crash)

Best Adapted Screenplay

(WINNER!) – John Hodges (Trainspotting, from the novel by Irvine Welsh)

– David Cronenberg (Crash, from the novel by J. G. Ballard)
– Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade, from the short film screenplay Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade by Thornton)
– Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, from the novel by Michael Ondaatje)
– Arthur Miller (The Crucible, from the play by Miller)

Best Original Screenplay

(WINNER!) – Ethan & Joel Coen (Fargo)

– Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies)
– John Sayles (Lone Star)
– Eric Rohmer (A Summer’s Tale)
– Kevin Williamson (Scream)

Best Original Score

(WINNER!) – Gabriel Yared (The English Patient)

– Carter Burwell (Fargo)
– Howard Shore (Crash)
– Rachel Portman (Emma)
– Wojciech Kilar (The Portrait of a Lady)
– Alejandro Amenábar & Mariano Marín (Tesis)

Best Adapted/Song/Musical Score

(WINNER!) – Danny Boyle (Trainspotting)

– Richard Ziegler & Laura Ziffren (Romeo + Juliet)
– Dick Hyman (Everyone Says I Love You)
– Danny Bramson (Jerry Maguire)
– Bill Bernstein (The People vs. Larry Flynt)
– Ron Korb (The Pillow Book)

Best Original Song

(TIED WINNER!) – “Microcosmos”, Bruno Coulais (Microcosmos)
(TIED WINNER!) – “That Thing You Do!”, Adam Schlesinger (That Thing You Do!)

– “Exit Music (For a Film)”, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien,
Colin Greenwood & Phil Selway (Romeo + Juliet)
– “You Must Love Me”, Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice (Evita)
– “After Dark”, Tito Larriva & Steven Huffstater (From Dusk Till Dawn)
– “Don’t Let Go (Love)” (still trying to find credits on this one) (Set It Off)

Best Film Editing

(WINNER!) – Masahiro Hirakubo (Trainspotting)

– Ronald Sanders (Crash)
– Walter Murch (The English Patient)
– Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (Fargo)
– Zach Staenberg (Bound)
– Susan E. Morse (Everyone Says I Love You)
– Paul Hirsch (Mission: Impossible)
– Peter Greenaway & Chris Wyatt (The Pillow Book)
– María Elena Sáinz de Rozas (Tesis)
– Leon Gast & Taylor Hackford & Jeffrey Levy-Hinte & Keith Robinson (When We Were Kings)

Best Art Direction

(WINNER!) – Desmond Crowe (Hamlet)

– Aurelio Crugnola (The English Patient)
– Doug Hardwick (Romeo + Juliet)
– Karl Juliusson (Breaking the Waves)
– Tamara Deverell (Crash)
– Jan Svankmajer & Eva Svankmajerová (Conspirators of Pleasure)
– Second Chan & Vincent de Pater (The Pillow Book)
– Mark Raggett (The Portrait of a Lady)

Best Costume Design

(WINNER!) – Kym Barrett (Romeo + Juliet)

– Ann Roth & Gary Jones (The English Patient)
– Alexandra Byrne (Hamlet)
– Janet Patterson (The Portrait of a Lady)
– Bob Crowley (The Crucible)
– Ruth Myers (Emma)
– Penny Rose (Evita)

Best Special Effects

(WINNER!) – Independence Day

– Twister
– Mars Attacks!
– Mission: Impossible
– The Nutty Professor

Best Short Film

(WINNER!) – La Salla

– Wat’s Pig
– Canhead

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