1996

Year in review: The best movies, music, sports teams, toys and more, all from 1996. Enjoy!

MOVIES

  • Best Actor: Nicholas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas)
  • Best Actress: Susan Sarandon (Dean Man Walking)
  • Best Picture: Braveheart
  • Highest Grossing: Independence Day ($817,400,891)
  • Best Disney Movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

MUSIC

  • Best Music Video (MTV Music Awards): “Tonight, Tonight” – The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Best New Artist (Grammy Awards): LeAnn Rimes
  • Record of the Year (Grammy Awards): “Change the World” – Eric Clapton

TELEVISION

  • Top 5 Shows:
    1. ER
    2. Seinfeld
    3. Suddenly Susan
    4. Friends
    5. The Naked Truth
  • Series Debuts:
    • 3rd Rock from the Sun
    • 7th Heaven
    • The Daily Show
    • Judge Judy
    • Kenan & Kel
    • The Newlywed Game
    • The O’Reilly Factor
    • The Rosie O’Donnell Show
    • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

SPORTS

  • MLB Champion: New York Yankees
  • NBA Champion: Chicago bulls
  • NFL Champion: Dallas Cowboys
  • NHL Champion: Colorado Avalanche
  • Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Champion: 
  • Wimbledon Ladies’ Champion: 

FASHION

INVENTIONS

  • Ebay launched, changing the way people buy goods and services
  • Ask Jeeves formed

TOYS

VIDEO GAMES

  • Best Selling: Super Mario 64 (N64)
  • Best Console: Nintendo 64 (N64) – released June 23, 1996