Everything Everywhere All at Once leads Spirit Film noms

(Some of the Spirit nominees)

Film Independent, the nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering independence and inclusivity in visual storytelling, have announced the nominations for the film categories at the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Multiverse-hopping adventure film Everything Everywhere All at Once  leads all films with eight nominations including best feature, director, lead actor for Michelle Yeoh, supporting actor for Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis and breakthrough for Stephanie Hsu.

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).

“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 AllEverything Everywhere All At OnceTárWomen Talking and Our Father, the DevilTár 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 Filipović 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 (NomadlandEternals) and Siân Heder (CodaTallulah) 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.

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


Below are 2023’s nominations:
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
  • Tár
    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)

  • Aftersun
    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
  • Murina
    Director: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović
    Producers: Danijel Pek, Rodrigo Teixeira

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
  • Kogonada
    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
  • Kogonada
    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
  • Midwives
    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)

  • Corsage
    Director: Marie Kreutzer
  • Joyland
    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

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).

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.

You can watch the nominations here, which include the previously announced category updates.

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