1995 Independent Spirit Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The 11th Independent Spirit Awards, honoring excellence in independent film, were presented on March 23, 1996, under a tent on Santa Monica beach and simulcast on the World Wide Web.

FeatureLeaving Las Vegas
First FeatureEdward Burns, The Brothers McMullen
Male LeadSean Penn, Dead Man Walking
Female LeadElisabeth Shue, Leaving Las Vegas
Supporting MaleBenicio Del Toro, The Usual Suspects
Supporting FemaleMare Winningham, Georgia
Debut PerformanceJustin Pierce, Kids
DirectorMike Figgis, Leaving Las Vegas
ScreenplayChristopher McQuarrie, The Usual Suspects
First ScreenplayPaul Auster, Smoke
CinematographyLeaving Las Vegas
Foreign FilmBefore the Rain, Milcho Manchevski (Macedonia, Britain and France)

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