12th Independent Spirit Awards

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The 1996 Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best in independent filmmaking for 1996, were announced on March 22, 1997. It was hosted by Samuel L. Jackson.

Nominees and winners[edit]

Best Feature[edit]


Best First Feature[edit]

Sling Blade

Best Director[edit]

Joel CoenFargo

Best Male Lead[edit]

William H. MacyFargo

Best Female Lead[edit]

Frances McDormandFargo

Best Supporting Male[edit]

Benicio del ToroBasquiat

Best Supporting Female[edit]

Elizabeth PeñaLone Star

Best Screenplay[edit]

FargoJoel Coen and Ethan Coen

Best First Screenplay[edit]

Big Night – Joseph Tropiano and Stanley Tucci

Best Cinematography[edit]

FargoRoger Deakins

Best Foreign Film[edit]

Secrets & LiesUK

Best Debut Performance[edit]

Heather MatarazzoWelcome to the Dollhouse

Truer Than Fiction Award[edit]

When We Were Kings

Someone to Watch Award[edit]

Larry FessendenHabit


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