1996 Independent Spirit Awards
The 12th Independent Spirit Awards, honoring excellence in independent film, took place on March 22, 1997 under a tent on Santa Monica beach.
|First Feature||Billy Bob Thornton, Sling Blade|
|Male Lead||William H. Macy, Fargo|
|Female Lead||Frances McDormand, Fargo|
|Supporting Male||Benicio Del Toro, Basquiat|
|Supporting Female||Elizabeth Pena, Lone Star|
|Debut Performance||Heather Matarazzo, Welcome to the Dollhouse|
Heather Matarazzo, Welcome to the Dollhouse
|Director||Joel Coen, Fargo|
|Screenplay||Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Fargo|
|First Screenplay||Joseph Tropiano and Stanley Tucci, Big Night|
|Cinematography||Roger Deakins, Fargo|
|Foreign Film||Secrets and Lies|
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