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The year 1996 involved many significant films. The major releases this year included Scream, Independence Day, Fargo, Trainspotting, The Rock, The English Patient, Twister, Mars Attacks!, Jerry Maguire and a film version of the musical, Evita.

Highest-grossing films

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Highest-grossing films of 1996[1]
Rank Title Distributor Worldwide gross
1. Independence Day 20th Century Fox $817,400,891
2. Twister Warner Bros. / Universal $494,471,524
3. Mission: Impossible Paramount $457,696,359
4. The Rock Disney $335,062,621
5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame $325,338,851
6. 101 Dalmatians $320,689,294
7. Ransom $309,492,681
8. The Nutty Professor Universal $273,961,019
9. Jerry Maguire TriStar $273,552,592
10. Eraser Warner Bros. $242,295,562

Events

  • July 10 - Nickelodeon releases their first feature film, Harriet the Spy, a spy-comedy-drama film based on the 1964 novel of the same name. It also helps Michelle Trachtenberg, then ten years old, with making her feature film debut by starring as the film's lead role and title character.
  • Mid-July - Production begins on Titanic.
  • September 20 - 75-year-old English actor Sir Dirk Bogarde suffers a severe stroke. He continued to need a wheelchair until his death in 1999.

Award ceremonies

  • 1st Empire Awards

Awards

Category/Organization 54th Golden Globe Awards
January 19, 1997
2nd Critics' Choice Awards
January 20, 1997
3rd Screen Actors Guild Awards
February 27, 1997
69th Academy Awards
March 24, 1997
50th BAFTA Awards
April 29, 1997
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film The English Patient Evita Fargo N/A The English Patient
Best Director Miloš Forman
The People vs. Larry Flynt
Anthony Minghella
The English Patient
N/A Anthony Minghella
The English Patient
Joel and Ethan Coen
Fargo
Best Actor Geoffrey Rush
Shine
Tom Cruise
Jerry Maguire
Geoffrey Rush
Shine
Best Actress Brenda Blethyn
Secrets & Lies
Madonna
Evita
Frances McDormand
Fargo
Brenda Blethyn
Secrets & Lies
Best Supporting Actor Edward Norton
Primal Fear
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Jerry Maguire
Paul Scofield
The Crucible
Best Supporting Actress Lauren Bacall
The Mirror Has Two Faces
Joan Allen
The Crucible
Lauren Bacall
The Mirror Has Two Faces
Juliette Binoche
The English Patient
Best Screenplay, Adapted Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
The People vs. Larry Flynt
Anthony Minghella
The English Patient
N/A Billy Bob Thornton
Sling Blade
Anthony Minghella
The English Patient
Best Screenplay, Original N/A Joel and Ethan Coen
Fargo
Mike Leigh
Secrets & Lies
Best Original Score The English Patient
Gabriel Yared
N/A N/A The English Patient
Gabriel Yared
Best Original Song "You Must Love Me"
Evita
N/A N/A "You Must Love Me"
Evita
N/A
Best Foreign Language Film Kolya Ridicule N/A Kolya Ridicule

1996 Wide-released movies

  1. Fargo

Births

  • February 21 - Sophie Turner, British actress
  • February 28 – Bobb'e J. Thompson, actor
  • March 18 - Madeline Carroll, American actress
  • April 14 – Abigail Breslin, actress
  • April 17 – Dee Dee Davis, actress
  • June 1 - Tom Holland, actor
  • July 23 - Rachel G. Fox, actress
  • August 21 – Jamia Simone Nash, actress
  • August 26 - Bishop Nehru, rapper
  • September 1 - Zendaya, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • December 6 - Stefanie Scott, American actress
  • December 8 - Teala Dunn, American actress
  • December 11 - Hailee Steinfeld, American actress

Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 1 John Rodney 81 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
1 Virgil W. Vogel 76 USA Director, Film Editor Script error: No such module "list".
7 William H. Clothier 92 USA Cinematographer Script error: No such module "list".
10 Al Silvani 85 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
13 Mark Herron 67 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
15 Les Baxter 73 USA Composer Script error: No such module "list".
17 Harry Robertson 63 UK Composer Script error: No such module "list".
19 Don Simpson 52 USA Producer Script error: No such module "list".
19 Gerry Mulligan 68 USA Musician, Composer Script error: No such module "list".
30 Guy Doleman 72 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
February 2 Gene Kelly 83 USA Actor, Dancer, Director Script error: No such module "list".
2 Aline Towne 76 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
2 Shamus Culhane 87 USA Animator Script error: No such module "list".
3 Audrey Meadows 73 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
6 Guy Madison 74 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
6 Patsy Smart 77 UK Actress Script error: No such module "list".
13 Martin Balsam 76 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
13 Scott Beach 65 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
15 Tommy Rettig 54 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
15 McLean Stevenson 68 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
16 Roger Bowen 63 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
17 Evelyn Laye 95 UK Actress Script error: No such module "list".
19 Brenda Bruce 76 UK Actress Script error: No such module "list".
23 Elisa Cegani 84 Italy Actress Script error: No such module "list".
25 Haing S. Ngor 55 Cambodia Actor Script error: No such module "list".
March 2 Lyle Talbot 94 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
4 Whit Bissell 86 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
6 Simon Cadell 45 UK Actor Script error: No such module "list".
9 George Burns 100 USA Actor, Comedian Script error: No such module "list".
10 Ross Hunter 75 USA Producer Script error: No such module "list".
11 Vince Edwards 67 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
13 Lucio Fulci 68 Italy Director, Actor Script error: No such module "list".
13 Krzysztof Kieślowski 55 Poland Director Script error: No such module "list".
16 Charlie Barnett 41 USA Actor, Comedian Script error: No such module "list".
17 René Clément 82 Monaco Director, Writer Script error: No such module "list".
24 Liam O'Brien 83 USA Screenwriter Script error: No such module "list".
28 Barbara McLean 92 USA Film Editor Script error: No such module "list".
April 5 Norman Rockett 84 USA Set Decorator Script error: No such module "list".
6 Greer Garson 91 UK Actress Script error: No such module "list".
8 Ben Johnson 77 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
11 Wanda McKay 80 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
16 Lucille Bremer 79 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
18 Bernard Edwards 43 Japan Music Orchestrated Script error: No such module "list".
21 Luigi Pistilli 66 Italy Actor Script error: No such module "list".
24 Preston Lockwood 83 UK Actor Script error: No such module "list".
25 Saul Bass 75 USA Art Designer Script error: No such module "list".
25 Dick Wesson 73 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
26 Stirling Silliphant 78 USA Screenwriter Script error: No such module "list".
27 Joan Sterndale-Bennett 82 UK Actress Script error: No such module "list".
May 1 Luana Patten 57 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
3 Jack Weston 71 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
19 Margaret Rawlings 89 Japan Actress Script error: No such module "list".
20 Jon Pertwee 76 UK Actor Script error: No such module "list".
21 Lash LaRue 78 USA Actor Song of Old Wyoming
23 Patrick Cargill 77 UK Actor Script error: No such module "list".
29 Jennings Lang 81 USA Producer Script error: No such module "list".
29 Jeremy Sinden 45 UK Actor Script error: No such module "list".
29 Tamara Toumanova 77 Russia Dancer, Actress Script error: No such module "list".
30 Natividad Vacío 83 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
June 1 Michael Fox 75 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
2 John Alton 94 Hungary Cinematographer Script error: No such module "list".
3 Peter Glenville 82 USA Director Script error: No such module "list".
5 Vito Scotti 78 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
6 Mary Lee 71 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
6 Marc de Jonge 47 France Actor Script error: No such module "list".
7 Percy Edwards 88 UK Actor Script error: No such module "list".
7 Max Factor, Jr. 91 USA Makeup Artist Script error: No such module "list".
7 Saul David 74 USA Producer Script error: No such module "list".
10 Jo Van Fleet 81 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
15 Ella Fitzgerald 79 USA Singer, Actress Script error: No such module "list".
16 Mel Allen 83 USA Broadcaster, Actor Script error: No such module "list".
23 Pasqualino De Santis 69 Italy Cinematographer Script error: No such module "list".
27 Albert R. Broccoli 87 USA Producer Script error: No such module "list".
July 1 Steve Tesich 53 Yugoslavia Screenwriter Script error: No such module "list".
8 Irene Prador 84 Germany Actress Script error: No such module "list".
8 Francesco Molinari-Pradelli 85 Italy Soundtrack, Actor Script error: No such module "list".
9 Christopher Casson 84 Ireland Actor Script error: No such module "list".
10 Paul King 69 USA Screenwriter, Producer Operation Petticoat
13 Pandro S. Berman 91 USA Producer Script error: No such module "list".
15 Dana Hill 32 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
20 Randy Stuart 71 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
21 Wolfe Morris 71 UK Actor Script error: No such module "list".
21 Luana Anders 58 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
21 Herb Edelman 62 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
23 Jean Muir 85 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
24 Virginia Christine 76 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
29 Hilary Pritchard 53 UK Actress Script error: No such module "list".
30 Anthony Peck 49 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
30 Claudette Colbert 92 France Actress Script error: No such module "list".
August 3 Guido Alberti 86 Italy Actor Script error: No such module "list".
11 Charles McGregor 73 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
14 Bob Hannah 57 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
14 Camilla Horn 93 Germany Actress Script error: No such module "list".
15 Joe Seneca 77 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
16 Miles Goodman 46 USA Composer Script error: No such module "list".
26 Clair Weeks 84 USA Animator Script error: No such module "list".
September 4 Victor Aaron 39 ?? Actor Script error: No such module "list".
7 Bibi Besch 56 Austria Actress Script error: No such module "list".
7 Joseph F. Biroc 93 USA Cinematographer Script error: No such module "list".
9 Ruggero Mastroianni 66 Italy Film Editor Script error: No such module "list".
10 Joanne Dru 74 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
11 Brenda Forbes 87 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
13 Jane Baxter 87 UK Actress Script error: No such module "list".
13 Tupac Shakur 25 USA Singer, Actor Script error: No such module "list".
14 Juliet Prowse 59 USA Actress, Dancer Script error: No such module "list".
16 Gene Nelson 76 USA Actor, Director Script error: No such module "list".
16 Joan Perry 85 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
18 Annabella 89 France Actress Script error: No such module "list".
18 Ulrich Beiger 78 Germany Actor The Great Escape
20 Ken Steadman 27 USA Actor I Like to Play Games
22 Dorothy Lamour 81 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
30 George Zuckerman 80 USA Screenwriter Script error: No such module "list".
October 4 Stephen J. Friedman 59 USA Producer Script error: No such module "list".
5 Judith Allen 85 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
6 Ted Bessell 61 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
8 Francis D. Lyon 91 USA Director, Editor Script error: No such module "list".
8 William Prince 83 UK Actor Script error: No such module "list".
9 Harvey Vernon 69 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
13 Beryl Reid 77 UK Actress Script error: No such module "list".
14 Laura La Plante 91 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
16 Jason Bernard 58 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
27 Morey Amsterdam 87 USA Actor, Comedian Script error: No such module "list".
27 Harry Woolman 87 USA TV Stuntman Script error: No such module "list".
30 John Young 80 UK Actor Script error: No such module "list".
31 Marcel Carné 90 France Director Script error: No such module "list".
November 12 Peter Leeds 79 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
13 June Gale 85 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
14 Virginia Cherrill 88 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
22 Stephanie Bachelor 84 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
22 Mark Lenard 72 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
23 George Nicholas 85 USA Animator Script error: No such module "list".
26 Michael Bentine 74 UK Actor, Screenwriter Script error: No such module "list".
29 Jordan Cronenweth 61 USA Cinematographer Script error: No such module "list".
December 8 Howard E. Rollins, Jr. 46 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
8 Paulene Myers 83 USA Actress Script error: No such module "list".
8 Douglas Webb 74 UK Camera Operator Script error: No such module "list".
9 Diana Morgan 86 UK Actress, Screenwriter Script error: No such module "list".
11 William Rushton 59 UK Actor, Writer Script error: No such module "list".
12 Larry Gates 81 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
19 Ronald Howard 78 UK Actor Script error: No such module "list".
19 Marcello Mastroianni 72 Italy Actor Script error: No such module "list".
20 Carl Sagan 62 USA Author, Screenwriter Contact
23 Ronnie Scott 69 UK Actor, Composer Stolen Face
28 Edward Carfagno 67 USA Art Director Script error: No such module "list".
30 Lew Ayres 88 USA Actor, Director Script error: No such module "list".
30 Jack Nance 53 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".
31 Wesley Addy 83 USA Actor Script error: No such module "list".

Film debuts

References

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