Runner Up: Dunkirk 2016 Winner: The Handmaiden Runner Up: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2015 Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road Runner Up: Crimson Peak 2014 Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel Runner Up: Mr. Turner 2013 Winner: The Great Gatsby Runner Up: Her
2012 Winner: Anna Karenina Runner Up: Lincoln
2011 Winner: Hugo Runner Up: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 2010 Winner: Inception Runner Up: Shutter Island
1996 has actually been a year in which I haven't yet truly been able to find a winner I'd be a 100% happy with. Granted, I haven't seen "Hamlet" yet and there're some other unseen films that I have high hopes for in terms of production design, but so far I haven't found that perfect winner yet.
My vote goes to Romeo + Juliet.
H/Ms to Evita, The English Patient, Everyone Says I Love You, Mars Attacks!, Mission: Impossible, The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Birdcage