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"Fargo" Captures The Spirit

By Indiewire | Indiewire March 22, 1997 at 2:00AM

"Fargo" Captures The Spiritby Eugene Hernandez

"Fargo" Captures The Spirit

by Eugene Hernandez

The 1997 Independent Spirit Awards were presented during a
ceremony in Santa Monica today. The Coen Brothers' "Fargo" was the big winner in a ceremony dotted with humor (keynoter Mike Leigh's definition of
independent: "To make a film without interference by boneheads.") and
touching emotion (a standing ovation for Muhammed Ali, with the tent
chanting: "Ali, Ali!"). indieWIRE will have a complete report by Eugene
Hernandez from LA in Monday's edition. The complete list of winners is as

BEST FEATURE (Producer): Ethan Coen/"Fargo"

FIRST FEATURE (Director): Billy Bob Thorton/"Sling Blade"

DIRECTOR: Joel Coen/"Fargo"

ACTRESS: Frances McDormand/"Fargo"

ACTOR: William H. Macy/"Fargo"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Elizabeth Pena/"Lone Star"

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Benico Del Toro/"Basquiat"

DEBUT PERFORMANCE: Heather Matarazzo/"Welcome To The Dollhouse"

SCREENPLAY: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen/"Fargo"

FIRST SCREENPLAY: Joseph Tropiano, Stanley Tucci/"Big Night"

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Roger Deakins/"Fargo"

FOREIGN FILM (Director): Mike Leigh/"Secrets & Lies"


TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD: Leon Gast/"When We Were Kings"

[indieWIRE was on the scene at the event and will present complete coverage
in Monday's edition.]

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