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The 1996 Critics Consensus Award Nominations

Frances McDormand and John Carroll Lynch in Fargo

Two Oscar Best Picture winners in a row, two Best Picture nominations missed in a row at the Critics Consensus Awards. Prizes and poll-toppers from critics in 1996 weren't as kind on The English Patient as they were five other titles, including Jim Jarmusch's highly un-Oscar friendly Dead Man, but it's the Coen brothers' Fargo that earns the most support of the lot at nominations stage. It claims a record-equalling six CCA nods, including a first for modern cinematography legend Roger Deakins. The English Patient racks up an impressive five outside of Best Picture (currently a record for a non-BP nominee), including both of its Oscar-nominated female actors placed in Supporting (tbf, the Academy ought to have swapped them around). And look - three acting nominations for The Portrait of a Lady! Check back later for details of award winners, while the '96 CCA nominees are in full below.

Best Picture

Breaking the Waves (Peter Aalbaek Jensen, Lars von Trier and Vibeke Windelov)

Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch and Demetra J. MacBride)

Fargo (Ethan Coen and Joel Coen)

The People vs. Larry Flynt (Milos Forman, Michael Hausman, Oliver Stone and Janet Yang)

Secrets & Lies (Simon Channing Williams and Mike Leigh)

Best Director

Joel Coen (Fargo)

Milos Forman (The People vs. Larry Flynt)

Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies)

Anthony Minghella (The English Patient)

Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies)

Nicole Kidman (The Portrait of a Lady)

Frances McDormand (Fargo)

Lili Taylor (I Shot Andy Warhol)

Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire)

William H. Macy (Fargo)

Eddie Murphy (The Nutty Professor)

Geoffrey Rush (Shine)

Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Lauren Bacall (The Mirror Has Two Faces)

Juliette Binoche (The English Patient)

Barbara Hershey (The Portrait of a Lady)

Courtney Love (The People vs. Larry Flynt)

Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Martin Donovan (The Portrait of a Lady)

Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire)

Edward Norton (Everyone Says I Love You)

Edward Norton (Primal Fear)

Tony Shalhoub (Big Night)

Best Screenplay

Albert Brooks and Monica McGowan Johnson (Mother)

Ethan Coen and Joel Coen (Fargo)

Anthony Minghella (The English Patient)

John Sayles (Lone Star)

Joseph Tropiano and Stanley Tucci (Big Night)

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins (Fargo)

Chris Menges (Michael Collins)

Robby Muller (Breaking the Waves)

Robby Muller (Dead Man)

John Seale (The English Patient)

Best Foreign Language Film

La Ceremonie (Claude Chabrol and Marin Karmitz)

Chungking Express (Chan Yi Kan, Jeffrey Lau and Wong Kar Wai)

Kolya (Eric Abraham and Jan Sverak)

Ridicule (Frederic Brillion, Philippe Carcassonne, Patrice Leconte and Gilles Legrand)

Thieves (Alain Sarde and Andre Techine)

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