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Texas crix hang star on ‘Fargo’

The Coen Brothers’ murderous comedy “Fargo” was the best picture of 1996 for the Society of Texas Film Critics, which Thursday also voted the film’s lead Frances McDormand actress of the year.

The group, which comprises scribes from across the state, fell in line with other critics’ groups in anointing Geoffrey Rush best actor for “Shine” and Edward Norton supporting actor for “Primar Fear” and “The People Vs. Larry Flynt.”

However, the org went its own way in other categories, honoring John Sayles for the Texas-set “Lone Star” for direction and original screenplay, Anthony Minghella for adapted screenplay of “The English Patient” and Miranda Richardson for supporting actress for her roles in “The Evening Star” and “Kansas City.”

“Ridicule,” from France, was named foreign-language film, while “Microcosmos” emerged as best documentary.

Among runners-up were “Lone Star” for picture, Woody Harrelson of “The People Vs. Larry Flynt” for actor and Shirley MacLaine of “Evening Star” for actress.

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