‘Tár,’ ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once,’ ‘Women Talking’ Receive Indie Spirit Award Nominations

Acting nominees include Cate Blanchett, Brian Tyree Henry, Regina Hall and Michelle Yeoh

Everything Everywhere All At Once
"Everything Everywhere All at Once" (A24)

“Bones and All,” “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” “Our Father, the Devil,” “Tár” and “Women Talking” have have been nominated as the best independent films of 2022 at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which announced its nominations on Tuesday morning by Taylour Paige and Raúl Castillo.

Acting nominees in the gender-neutral categories include Brian Tyree Henry for “Causeway,” Cate Blanchett and Nina Hoss for “Tár,” Regina King for “Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul” and Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

Those three acting nominations for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” along with a Breakthrough Performance nom for Stephanie Hsu, pushed that film to eight nominations, the most of any film. “Tár” finished second with seven nominations, followed by “Aftersun” with five and “Palm Trees and Power Lines,” “Women Talking” and “Emily the Criminal” with four each.

Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking” received the Robert Altman Award, which goes to a film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

“Tár,” “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and “Women Talking” were the three films to be nominated for both Best Feature and Best Director, with all three also picking up noms for their screenplays.

Those three films are all considered strong contenders for the Academy Awards, giving this year’s Spirit Awards a decent chance of matching Oscar nominations to a fair degree. Last year, none of the Spirit Awards nominees for Best Feature went on to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, and neither did any acting nominees in the lead categories. Among the nominated actors, only Jessie Buckley for “The Lost Daughter” and Troy Kotsur for “CODA” were also recognized by the Academy, with Kotsur winning both awards.

A24, which had “Everything Everywhere,” “Aftersun,” “After Yang,” “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” “Funny Pages,” “The Inspection,” “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” and “Pearl,” led all companies with, appropriately enough, 24 nominations, making it the only company to hit double digits. Focus Features, which released “Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul” and “Tár,” was the runner-up with nine nominations.

The nominations were made by a group of different nominating committees assembled by Film Independent. A record 409 films were eligible for this year’s awards.

To be eligible for the Spirit Awards, a film must have a total budget of less than $30 million and must have been exhibited commercially or shown in one of seven film festivals. Documentaries and international films can only qualify in those categories.

Most of the Netflix films, for example, were not eligible, with “Glass Onion,” “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,” “White Noise” and “The Good Nurse” all costing too much money. Also ineligible: box-office hits like “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Elvis” and major awards contenders including “The Fabelmans,” “Empire of Light” and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

The 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2023.

The list of nominees:

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 Kusijanović

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


A Love Song

Writer/Director/Producer: Max Walker-Silverman

Producers: Jesse Hope, Dan Janvey


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


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 Filipović



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

South Korea/France/Belgium/Romania

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