11th Independent Spirit Awards

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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.

Nominees and winners[edit]

Best Feature[edit]

Leaving Las Vegas

Best First Feature[edit]

The Brothers McMullen

Best Director[edit]

Mike FiggisLeaving Las Vegas

Best Male Lead[edit]

Sean PennDead Man Walking

Best Female Lead[edit]

Elisabeth ShueLeaving Las Vegas

Best Supporting Male[edit]

Benicio del ToroThe Usual Suspects

Best Supporting Female[edit]

Mare WinninghamGeorgia

Best Screenplay[edit]

The Usual SuspectsChristopher McQuarrie

Best First Screenplay[edit]

SmokePaul Auster

Best Cinematography[edit]

Leaving Las VegasDeclan Quinn

Best Foreign Film[edit]

Before the RainMacedonia

Best Debut Performance[edit]

Justin PierceKids

Someone to Watch Award[edit]

Christopher MünchColor of a Brisk and Leaping Day

Special Distinction Award[edit]


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

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