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The 69th Academy Awards (1997) Nominees and Winners

Held at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center on Monday, March 24, 1997,
honoring movies released in 1996.

Best Actress Frances McDormand in a scene from "Fargo."

Best Actress Frances McDormand in a scene from "Fargo."

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Tom Cruise in "Jerry Maguire"
  • Ralph Fiennes in "The English Patient"
  • Woody Harrelson in "The People vs. Larry Flynt"
  • Geoffrey Rush in "Shine"
  • Billy Bob Thornton in "Sling Blade"

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Cuba Gooding, Jr. in "Jerry Maguire"
  • William H. Macy in "Fargo"
  • Armin Mueller-Stahl in "Shine"
  • Edward Norton in "Primal Fear"
  • James Woods in "Ghosts of Mississippi"

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Brenda Blethyn in "Secrets & Lies"
  • Diane Keaton in "Marvin’s Room"
  • Frances McDormand in "Fargo"
  • Kristin Scott Thomas in "The English Patient"
  • Emily Watson in "Breaking the Waves"

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Joan Allen in "The Crucible"
  • Lauren Bacall in "The Mirror Has Two Faces"
  • Juliette Binoche in "The English Patient"
  • Barbara Hershey in "The Portrait of a Lady"
  • Marianne Jean-Baptiste in "Secrets & Lies"

Art Direction

  • "The Birdcage" Art Direction: Bo Welch; Set Decoration: Cheryl Carasik
  • "The English Patient" Art Direction: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • "Evita" Art Direction: Brian Morris; Set Decoration: Philippe Turlure
  • "Hamlet" Tim Harvey
  • "William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet" Art Direction: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Brigitte Broch


  • "The English Patient" John Seale
  • "Evita" Darius Khondji
  • "Fargo" Roger Deakins
  • "Fly Away Home" Caleb Deschanel
  • "Michael Collins" Chris Menges

Costume Design

  • "Angels and Insects" Paul Brown
  • "Emma" Ruth Myers
  • "The English Patient" Ann Roth
  • "Hamlet" Alex Byrne
  • "The Portrait of a Lady" Janet Patterson


  • "The English Patient" Anthony Minghella
  • "Fargo" Joel Coen
  • "The People vs. Larry Flynt" Milos Forman
  • "Secrets & Lies" Mike Leigh
  • "Shine" Scott Hicks

Documentary (Feature)

  • "The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story" Susan W. Dryfoos
  • "Mandela" Jo Menell, Angus Gibson
  • "Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse" Anne Belle, Deborah Dickson
  • "Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press" Rick Goldsmith
  • "When We Were Kings" Leon Gast, David Sonenberg

Documentary (Short Subject)

Film Editing

  • "The English Patient" Walter Murch
  • "Evita" Gerry Hambling
  • "Fargo" Roderick Jaynes
  • "Jerry Maguire" Joe Hutshing
  • "Shine" Pip Karmel

Foreign Language Film

  • "A Chef in Love" Georgia
  • "Kolya" Czech Republic
  • "The Other Side of Sunday" Norway
  • "Prisoner of the Mountains" Russia
  • "Ridicule" France


  • "Ghosts of Mississippi" Matthew W. Mungle, Deborah La Mia Denaver
  • "The Nutty Professor" Rick Baker, David LeRoy Anderson
  • "Star Trek: First Contact" Michael Westmore, Scott Wheeler, Jake Garber

Music (Original Dramatic Score)

  • "The English Patient" Gabriel Yared
  • "Hamlet" Patrick Doyle
  • "Michael Collins" Elliot Goldenthal
  • "Shine" David Hirschfelder
  • "Sleepers" John Williams

Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score)

  • "Emma" Rachel Portman
  • "The First Wives Club" Marc Shaiman
  • "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Orchestral Score by Alan Menken
  • "James and the Giant Peach" Randy Newman
  • "The Preacher’s Wife" Hans Zimmer

Music (Original Song)

  • "Because You Loved Me" from "Up Close and Personal" Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
  • "For the First Time" from "One Fine Day" Music and Lyric by James Newton Howard, Jud J. Friedman and Allan Dennis Rich
  • "I Finally Found Someone" from "The Mirror Has Two Faces" Music and Lyric by Barbra Streisand, Marvin Hamlisch, Bryan Adams and Robert "Mutt" Lange
  • "That Thing You Do!" from "That Thing You Do!" Music and Lyric by Adam Schlesinger
  • "You Must Love Me" from "Evita" Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyric by Tim Rice

Best Picture

  • "The English Patient" Saul Zaentz, Producer
  • "Fargo" Ethan Coen, Producer
  • "Jerry Maguire" James L. Brooks, Laurence Mark, Richard Sakai and Cameron Crowe, Producers
  • "Secrets & Lies" Simon Channing-Williams, Producer
  • "Shine" Jane Scott, Producer

Short Film (Animated)

  • "Canhead" Timothy Hittle, Chris Peterson
  • "La Salla" Richard Condie
  • "Quest" Tyron Montgomery, Thomas Stellmach
  • "Wat’s Pig" Peter Lord

Short Film (Live Action)

  • "De Tripas, Corazon" Antonio Urrutia
  • "Dear Diary" David Frankel, Barry Jossen
  • "Ernst & Lyset" Kim Magnusson, Anders Thomas Jensen
  • "Esposados" Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
  • "Wordless" Bernadette Carranza, Antonello De Leo


  • "The English Patient" Walter Murch, Mark Berger, David Parker, Chris Newman
  • "Evita" Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Ken Weston
  • "Independence Day" Chris Carpenter, Bill W. Benton, Bob Beemer, Jeff Wexler
  • "The Rock" Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Keith A. Wester
  • "Twister" Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker, Kevin O’Connell, Geoffrey Patterson

Sound Effects Editing

Visual Effects

  • "Dragonheart" Scott Squires, Phil Tippett, James Straus, Kit West
  • "Independence Day" Volker Engel, Douglas Smith, Clay Pinney, Joseph Viskocil
  • "Twister" Stefen Fangmeier, John Frazier, Habib Zargarpour, Henry La Bounta

Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)

  • "The Crucible" Arthur Miller
  • "The English Patient" Anthony Minghella
  • "Hamlet" Kenneth Branagh
  • "Sling Blade" Billy Bob Thornton
  • "Trainspotting" John Hodge

Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)

  • "Fargo" Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • "Jerry Maguire" Cameron Crowe
  • "Lone Star" John Sayles
  • "Secrets & Lies" Mike Leigh
  • "Shine" Screenplay by Jan Sardi; Story by Scott Hicks

  • Star indicates a win.
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