2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards Film Nominations Announced

2023 Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Announced

All Award Winners, Including in New Performance Categories, to be Announced at the 38th Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 4 in Santa Monica

Los Angeles ( November 22, 2022 ) -

Film Independent, the nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering independence and inclusivity in visual storytelling, announced this morning the nominations for the film categories at the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Film Independent President Josh Welsh introduced the prerecorded video announcements, which featured guest presenters Raúl Castillo (2019 Spirit Award nominee for “We Are Animals”), and Taylour Paige (2022 Spirit Award winner for “Zola”). You can watch the nominations here, which include the previously announced category updates.

“We couldn’t be more honored to celebrate this year’s exciting film nominees,” said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent. “As the Film Independent Spirit Awards evolve with our changing industry, including embracing non-gendered categories, we look to these artists to lead us into the future. And as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of our Artist Development programs, we are incredibly proud to have Film Independent Fellows Siân Heder and Chloé Zhao return as our honorary co-chairs.”

The 2023 Best Feature nominees included “Bones and All,” “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” “Tár,” “Women Talking” and “Our Father, the Devil.” “Everything Everywhere All At Once” led all films with eight total nominations, including Best Director for Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, and acting nominations for stars Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Hsu. “Tár” received seven nominations including Best Director for Todd Field and acting nominations for Cate Blanchett and Nina Hoss.

New to the nominations this year is the Best Breakthrough Performance category, honoring actors making themselves known to wider audiences through noteworthy character portrayals. The nominees include, in addition to Stephanie Hsu, Frankie Corio of “Aftersun,” Gracija Filipovi? of “Murina,” Lily McInerny of “Palm Trees and Power Lines” and Daniel Zolghadri of “Funny Pages.”

Also new this year is a switch to gender neutral acting awards, with the separate lead and supporting actor and actress categories being replaced by the ten-nominee Best Lead and Best Supporting Performance awards.

“Women Talking,” from director Sarah Polley, was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon a single film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman, known for populating his films with extraordinary ensemble casts.

In addition to the film nominees, Academy Award-winning filmmakers and previous Film Independent Fellows Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland,” “Eternals”) and Siân Heder (“Coda,” “Tallulah”) were announced as the honorary co-chairs of the 38th Spirit Awards. Both co-chairs were also recognized at the 2021 Spirit Awards, where Chloé Zhao won Best Director, Best Editing and Best Feature for “Nomadland,” and Siân Heder was nominated for Best New Scripted Series for “Little America.” Previous honorary chairs include Kristen Stewart, Shaka King and Ava DuVernay.

Celebrating creative independence, diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision, the 38th Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2023. The in-person show, held on the beach in Santa Monica, will be streamed internationally across multiple online and digital platforms. The Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round slate of programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity and inclusion in the industry.

This year the Spirit Awards Film Nominating Committees selected nominees from over 25 different countries, applying the following guidelines in determining nominees: uniqueness of vision, original and provocative subject matter, economy of means. The Spirit Awards Nominating Committees are comprised of writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, actors, critics, casting directors, film festival programmers and other working film professionals. Of all nominated writers and directors, 61% are women and 34% are BIPOC. Of all nominated actors, 70% are women and 27% are BIPOC. And of all 2023 nominees, 51% are women and 33% are BIPOC. This year, the Spirit Awards nominating committees are 50% female, 6% Nonbinary, 3% Transgender, and 61% BIPOC; 32% identify as LGBTQ+ and 8% identify as people with disabilities (PWD).

Spirit Awards nominations in television-specific categories will be announced separately on Tuesday, December 13.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are supported by the Official Spirit, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, and the Official Water, FIJI Water. Getty Images is the Official Photographer.

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Press and publicist credential applications for the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards will open on December 13, 2022. For any questions regarding credentials, please contact Jason Berger at publicity@filmindependent.org.


BEST FEATURE (Award given to the producer.)

“Bones and All”
Producers: Timothée Chalamet, Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Luca Guadagnino, David Kajganich, Lorenzo Mieli, Marco Morabito, Gabriele Moratti, Theresa Park, Peter Spears

“Everything Everywhere All At Once”
Producers: Daniel Kwan, Mike Larocca, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Daniel Scheinert, Jonathan Wang

“Our Father, the Devil”
Producers: Ellie Foumbi, Joseph Mastantuono

Producers: Todd Field, Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan

“Women Talking”
Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Frances McDormand

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to director and producer)

Director: Charlotte Wells
Producers: Mark Ceryak, Amy Jackson, Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski

“Emily the Criminal”
Director: John Patton Ford
Producers: Tyler Davidson, Aubrey Plaza, Drew Sykes

“The Inspection”
Director: Elegance Bratton
Producers: Effie T. Brown, Chester Algernal Gordon

Director: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovi?
Producers: Danijel Pek, Rodrigo Teixeira

“Palm Trees and Power Lines”
Director/Producer: Jamie Dack
Producer: Leah Chen Baker

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $1,000,000 (Award given to the writer, director and producer.)

“The African Desperate”
Writer/Director/Producer: Martine Syms
Writer/Producer: Rocket Caleshu
Producer: Vic Brooks

“The Cathedral”
Writer/Director: Ricky D’Ambrose
Producer: Graham Swon

“Holy Emy”
Writer/Director: Araceli Lemos
Writer/Producer: Giulia Caruso
Producers: Mathieu Bompoint, Ki Jin Kim, Konstantinos Vassilaros

“A Love Song”
Writer/Director/Producer: Max Walker-Silverman
Producers: Jesse Hope, Dan Janvey

“Something in the Dirt”
Writer/Director/Producer: Justin Benson
Director/Producer: Aaron Moorhead
Producer: David Lawson Jr.


Todd Field

“After Yang”

Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert
“Everything Everywhere All At Once”

Sarah Polley
“Women Talking”

Halina Reijn
“Bodies Bodies Bodies”


Lena Dunham
“Catherine Called Birdy”

Todd Field

“After Yang”

Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert
“Everything Everywhere All At Once”

Sarah Polley
“Women Talking”


Joel Kim Booster
“Fire Island”

Jamie Dack, Audrey Findlay; Story by Jamie Dack
“Palm Trees and Power Lines”

K.D. Dávila

Sarah DeLappe, Story by Kristen Roupenian
“Bodies Bodies Bodies”

John Patton Ford
“Emily the Criminal”


Cate Blanchett

Dale Dickey
“A Love Song”

Mia Goth

Regina Hall
“Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.”

Paul Mescal

Aubrey Plaza
“Emily the Criminal”

Jeremy Pope
“The Inspection”

Andrea Riseborough
“To Leslie”

Taylor Russell
“Bones and All”

Michelle Yeoh
“Everything Everywhere All At Once”


Jamie Lee Curtis
“Everything Everywhere All At Once”

Brian Tyree Henry

Nina Hoss

Brian d’Arcy James
“The Cathedral”

Ke Huy Quan
“Everything Everywhere All At Once”

Trevante Rhodes

Theo Rossi
“Emily the Criminal”

Mark Rylance
“Bones and All”

Jonathan Tucker
“Palm Trees and Power Lines”

Gabrielle Union
“The Inspection”


Frankie Corio

Gracija Filipovi?

Stephanie Hsu
“Everything Everywhere All At Once”

Lily McInerny
“Palm Trees and Power Lines”

Daniel Zolghadri
“Funny Pages”


Florian Hoffmeister

Hélène Louvart

Gregory Oke

Eliot Rockett

Anisia Uzeyman
“Neptune Frost”


Ricky D’Ambrose
“The Cathedral”

Dean Fleischer Camp, Nick Paley
“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On”

Blair McClendon

Paul Rogers
“Everything Everywhere All At Once”

Monika Willi

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast

“Women Talking”
Director: Sarah Polley
Casting Directors: John Buchan, Jason Knight
Ensemble Cast: Shayla Brown, Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy, Kira Guloien, Kate Hallett, Judith Ivey, Rooney Mara, Sheila McCarthy, Frances McDormand, Michelle McLeod, Liv McNeil, Ben Whishaw, August Winter

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)

“All That Breathes”
Director/Producer: Shaunak Sen
Producers: Teddy Leifer, Aman Mann

“All the Beauty and the Bloodshed”
Director/Producer: Laura Poitras
Producers: Howard Gertler, Nan Goldin, Yoni Golijov, John Lyons

“A House Made of Splinters”
Director: Simon Lereng Wilmont
Producers: Monica Hellström

Director/Producer: Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
Producers: Mila Aung-Thwin, Ulla Lehmann, Bob Moore

“Riotsville, U.S.A.”
Director: Sierra Pettengill
Producers: Sara Archambault, Jamila Wignot

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)

Director: Marie Kreutzer

Director: Saim Sadiq

“Leonor Will Never Die”
Director: Martika Ramirez Escobar

“Return to Seoul”
Director: Davy Chou

“Saint Omer”
Director: Alice Diop

PRODUCERS AWARD presented by Bulleit Frontier Whiskey – The Producers Award, now in its 26th year, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality independent films.

Liz Cardenas

Tory Lenosky

David Grove Churchill Viste

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The Someone to Watch Award, now in its 29th year, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.

Adamma Ebo
“Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.”

Nikyatu Jusu

Araceli Lemos
“Holy Emy”

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The Truer Than Fiction Award, now in its 28th year, is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition.

Isabel Castro

Reid Davenport
“I Didn’t See You There”

Rebeca Huntt

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In addition to producing the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the organization supports creative professionals with Artist Development programs, grants and labs. Signature mentorship program Project Involve fosters the careers of talented filmmakers from underrepresented communities. Weekly Education events and workshops equip filmmakers of all ages and experience levels with tools and resources. Global Media Makers, a cultural exchange program produced in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, provides career-building opportunities for international film professionals. And year-round screening series Film Independent Presents delivers monthly, unique cinematic experiences to Members in Los Angeles and beyond.

For more information or to become a Member, visit filmindependent.org.