1996 Independent Spirit Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The 12th Independent Spirit Awards, honoring excellence in independent film, took place on March 22, 1997 under a tent on Santa Monica beach.

First FeatureBilly Bob Thornton, Sling Blade
Male LeadWilliam H. Macy, Fargo
Female LeadFrances McDormand, Fargo
Supporting MaleBenicio Del Toro, Basquiat
Supporting FemaleElizabeth Pena, Lone Star
Debut PerformanceHeather Matarazzo, Welcome to the Dollhouse
Heather Matarazzo, Welcome to the Dollhouse
Archive Photos
DirectorJoel Coen, Fargo
ScreenplayJoel Coen and Ethan Coen, Fargo
First ScreenplayJoseph Tropiano and Stanley Tucci, Big Night
CinematographyRoger Deakins, Fargo
Foreign FilmSecrets and Lies

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