Academy Winner - The English Patient
My Pick - Fargo
Commentary - The English Patient was long and weepy and boring, and was probably the worst film of the five. That being said, I would have gone with the Coens' magnificent dark crime comedy Fargo, an underappreciated gem of the 1990's.
Best Supporting Actor
Academy Winner - Cuba Gooding Jr. "Jerry Maguire"
My Pick - William H. Macy "Fargo"
Commentary - Gooding was great in Jerry Maguire, but he did very little in the aftermath. Instead, I would have gone with the always underrated William H. Macy, whose long steady career went far beyond this wonderful performance.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Academy Winner/My Pick - Joel and Ethan Coen "Fargo"
Commentary - The sharpest screenplay of 1996. Period.
Best Original Screenplay
Academy Winner - Billy Bob Thornton "Sling Blade"
My Pick - John Hodge "Trainspotting"
Commentary - Sling Blade was great, but no film was more original than Danny Boyle's underrated gem Trainspotting. Since Boyle was not nominated, the screenwriter who brought that imaginative film to life deserves some credit, and in my opinion, an Oscar.