11th Independent Spirit Awards

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11th Independent Spirit Awards
DateMarch 23, 1996
SiteSanta Monica, California, U.S.
Hosted bySamuel L. Jackson
Best FilmLeaving Las Vegas
Most awardsLeaving Las Vegas (4)
Most nominationsLeaving Las Vegas (7)

The 11th Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best in independent filmmaking for 1995, were announced on March 23, 1996. It was hosted by Samuel L. Jackson.[1] [2] [3]

Nominees and winners[edit]

Best Feature Best Director
Leaving Las Vegas Mike FiggisLeaving Las Vegas
Best Male Lead Best Female Lead
Sean PennDead Man Walking Elisabeth ShueLeaving Las Vegas
Best Supporting Male Best Supporting Female
Benicio del ToroThe Usual Suspects Mare WinninghamGeorgia
Best Screenplay Best First Screenplay
The Usual SuspectsChristopher McQuarrie SmokePaul Auster
Best First Feature Best Debut Performance
The Brothers McMullen Justin PierceKids
Best Cinematography Best Foreign Film
Leaving Las VegasDeclan Quinn Before the RainMacedonia

Films that received multiple nominations[edit]

Nominations Film
7 Leaving Las Vegas
5 Little Odessa
4 Georgia
River of Grass
The Secret of Roan Irish
3 Living in Oblivion
The Usual Suspects
2 The Addiction
Dead Man Walking
My Family

Films that won multiple awards[edit]

Awards Film
4 Leaving Las Vegas
2 The Usual Suspects

Special awards[edit]

Someone to Watch Award[edit]

Christopher MünchColor of a Brisk and Leaping Day

Special Distinction Award[edit]


  1. ^ "Film Nominations Are Independent-minded". Chicago Tribune. 1996-01-12. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
  2. ^ "'Leaving Las Vegas' Arrives in Big Way at Spirit Awards". Los Angeles Times. 1996-03-25. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
  3. ^ "Independent Spirits Give Awards All Own". Chicago Tribune. 1996-03-25. Retrieved 2012-08-16.

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