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Independent Features Project (Independent Spirit Award) Nominations
(In alphabetical order) - Nominees announced 1/10/97, winners announced 3/22/97.
Best Picture
Dead Man
The Funeral
Lone Star
Welcome to the Dollhouse
Best Director Joel Coen (Fargo) WINNER!
Abel Ferrara (The Funeral)
David O. Russell (Flirting with Disaster)
Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse)
Robert M. Young (Caught)
Best First Feature Film Big Night (Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci)
I Shot Andy Warhol (Marry Herron)
Manny & Lo (Lisa Krueger)
Sling Blade (Billy Bob Thornton) WINNER!
Steve Buscemi (Trees Lounge)
Best Actor
Chris Cooper (Lone Star)
William H. Macy (Fargo) WINNER!
Chris Penn (The Funeral)
Tony Shalhoub (Big Night)
Stanley Tucci (Big Night)
Best Actress
Maria Conchita Alonso (Caught)
Scarlett Johnson (Manny & Lo)
Catherine Keener (Walking and Talking)
Frances McDormand (Fargo) WINNER!
Renee Zellwegger (The Whole Wide World)
Best Supporting Actor Levin Corrigan (Walking and Talking)
Benicio Del Toro (Basquiat) WINNER!
Matthew Faber (Welcome to the Dollhouse)
Gary Farmer (Dead Man)
Richard Jenkins (Flirting with Disaster)
Best Supporting Actress Queen Latifah (Set it Off)
Elizabeth Pena (Lone Star) WINNER!
Mary Kay Place (Manny & Lo)
Lili Taylor (Girls Town)
Lily Tomlin (Flirting with Disaster)
Best Cinematography Roger Deakins (Fargo) WINNER!
Ken Kelsh (The Funeral)
Robby Muller (Dead Man)
Bill Pope (Bound)
Rob Sweeney (Color of a Brisk and Learing Day)
Best Screenplay Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo) WINNER!
Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man)
David O. Russell (Flirting with Disaster)
John Sayles (Lone Star)
Nicholas St. John (The Funeral)
Best First Feature Big Night (Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci)
I Shot Andy Warhol (Mary Harron)
Manny & Lo (Lisa Krueger)
Sling Blade (Billy Bob Thornton) WINNER!
Trees Lounge (Steve Buscemi)
Best First Screenplay Suzan-Lori Parks (Girl 6)
Lisa Krueger (Manny & Lo)
Michael Scott Myers (The Whole Wide World)
Steve Buscemi (Trees Lounge)
Joseph Tropiano & Stanley Tucci (Big Night) WINNER!
Best Debut Performance Jena Malone (Bastard out of Carolina)
Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse) WINNER!
Brendan Sexton, Jr. (Welcome to the Dollhouse)
Arie Vereen (Caught)
Jeffrey Wright (Basquiat)
Best Foreign Film Breaking the Waves Denmark
Chungking Express (Hong Kong)
L'America (Italy)
Secrets & Lies (United Kingdom) WINNER!
Trainspotting (United Kingdom)