Secrets & Lies
This year goes in the books (and I finally write about it!). English Patient was clearly the best film of this year. And Jerry Maguire should get some credit for originality in the Oscar film. The other three films are very arthouse. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Not an especially strong field of movies. There were a number of films that year that could have been popped into the Best Picture slot. 'Courage Under Fire' and 'Trainspotting' were both very good movies, for instance. My memory is that this trend continues for the rest of the decade, with 'very good' and 'great' but not unforgettable movies.
Guess I'd have to give 'Shine' the edge on music. Can't imagine running out to get the soundtrack, though.