69th Academy Awards

The 69th Academy Awards were dominated by movies produced by independent studios, financed outside of mainstream Hollywood, leading to 1997 being dubbed "The Year of the Independents". All but one of the nominees for Best Picture were low-budget independent movies (the next ceremony dominated by indie fims would be in 2006. 2008 was also dominated by independents).

The big winner at the ceremony was Anthony Minghella's The English Patient, which had received 12 nominations and won 9 awards including Best Picture.
Other notable movies to be honoured at the ceremony included Fargo, which had been nominated for 7 awards and won 2, Shine, which had been nominated for 7 awards and won just one, and Jerry Maguire, which had been nominated for 5 awards and also won just one.

1996 Academy Award Winners

Picture: The English Patient
Actor: Geoffrey Rush (Shine)
Actress: Frances McDormand (Fargo)
Supporting Actor: Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire)
Supporting Actress: Juliette Binoche (The English Patient)
Director: Anthony Minghella (The English Patient)
Adapted Screenplay: Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade)
Original Screenplay: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen (Fargo)
Song: "You Must Love Me" (Evita)
Original Score: Emma (Musical or Comedy) / The English Patient (Drama)
Cinematography: The English Patient
Costume Design: The English Patient
Art / Set Decoration: The English Patient
Film Editing: The English Patient
Foreign Language Film: Kolya
Sound: The English Patient
Sound Effects: The Ghost and the Darkness
Makeup: The Nutty Professor
Visual Effects: Independence Day
Short Films: Quest (Animated) / Dear Diary (Live Action)
Documentaries: Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien (Short) / When We Were Kings (Feature)