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Bad Timing...
The Film Festivals are not as useful for predicting Oscar success for several reasons, among them their timing throughout the year, the limited number of films screened, and the quirky tastes of their panels of judges. However, some awards over 1996 might help shed light on the question at hand...

Toronto International Film Festival
Date     September ??, 1996
Metro-Media Award (Best Picture)     Shine (1st), Breaking the Waves (2nd), Michael Collins (3rd)
Toronto-City Award (Best Canadian Feature Film)     Long Day's Journey Into Night (David Wellington)
Air Canada People's Choice Award     Shine (1st), Beautiful Thing (2nd), Fire (3rd-tie), Fly Away Home (3rd-tie)

Venice Film Festival
Date     August 28 - September 7, 1996
Golden Lion Award (Best Picture)     Michael Collins
Best Actor     Liam Neeson (Michael Collins)
Best Actress     Victoire Thivisol (Ponette)

Cannes Film Festival
Date     May 7-19, 1996
Palme d'Or (Best Film)     Secrets & Lies
Grand Prix (Grand Prize)     Breaking the Waves
Best Actor     Daniel Auteuil, Pascal Duquenne (The Eighth Day)
Best Actress     Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies)
Best Director     Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo)
Special Jury Prize for Daring and Originality     Crash

Sundance Film Festival 1996*
Date     January 18-28, 1996
Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic)     Welcome to the Dollhouse
Filmmaker's Trophy (Dramatic)     Girls Town (Director: Jim McKay)
Audience Award (Dramatic)     Spitfire Grill
Special Jury Award (Special Jury Recognition)     When We Were Kings
Special Jury Award (Special Jury Recognition)     Girls Town
Special Jury Award (Special Jury Recognition)     I Shot Andy Warhol

I've listed the 1996 results here since we're interested in 1996 movies. I know the 1997 festival recently finished (January 16-26, 1997) -- if you're looking for Sundance '97 results, check out either the Sundance Channel's official Sundance Film Festival 1997 Web Site or Alex Fung's excellent, more concise summary listing of winners.

Comments to: Sugi Sorensen
Last Revised: January 29, 1997