2023 Independent Spirit Award Nominations Full List

“Emily the Criminal,” “Aftersun,” “Bones and All” and “The Inspection” also racked up big nominations.

The nominations for the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Award were revealed on Tuesday, November 22, crowning the past year’s top achievements in indie film. The awards show is more than three months away—it’s set for March 4 in Santa Monica—but these films are now gaining attention in the coming months on their way to the Oscars and other awards. This year’s crop of nominees was revealed by presenters Taylour Paige (winner back in March for Best Actress playing “Zola”) and Raúl Castillo (nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “We the Animals” in 2018). This year’s TV nominees will be announced later on December 13.

“Everything Everywhere and Everything at Once” leads the nominees with nods in eight categories, while “TÁR” is close behind with seven nominations, including Best Feature, Best Lead Performance, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Director.

In a first for Film Independent, this year’s awards have moved to gender-neutral categories for leading and supporting actors in film and television. Other category updates include new awards for Best Breakthrough Performance (Film) and Best Supporting Performance in a New Written Series (Television). Up to 10 nominees can be nominated in all performance categories except Breakthrough Performance.

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Earlier this year, the organization also announced that the budget cap for eligible films had increased to $30 million, with the John Cassavetes Award now capping at $1 million. Meanwhile, in response to the ongoing effects of COVID on filmmakers and the industry, Film Independent is once again waiving the theatrical release normally required for eligibility, providing more opportunities for independent filmmakers to be recognized and celebrated.

The Film Independent Spirit Award nominations mark the second major independent awards group to determine its nominees for the year in movies. In late October, the Gotham Awards announced the lineup for the Nov. 28 ceremony in New York, with Spirit-nominated films like “TÁR,” “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and “Aftersun” leading the pack.

Film Independent Spirit Award nominations can be viewed virtually on YouTube.

The best feature

“Bones and All”

“Everything everywhere all at once”

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“Our Father, the Devil”


Women who speak

The best director

Todd Field, “TÁR”

Kogonada, “After Yang”

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, “Everything Everywhere All At Once”

Sarah Polley, “Women Talking”

Halina Reijn, “Bodies Bodies Bodies”

Best First Feature


“Criminal Emily”



“Palm trees and power lines”

Best Lead Performance

Cate Blanchett, “TÁR”

Dale Dickey, “A Love Song”

Mia Goth, “Pearl”

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

Paul Mescal, “Aftersun”

Aubrey Plaza, “Criminal Emily”

Jeremy Pope, “Inspection”

Taylor Russell, “Bones and All”

Andrea Riseborough, “This Leslie”

Michelle Yeoh, “Everything Everywhere All At Once”

Best Supporting Performance

Jamie Lee Curtis, “Everything everywhere all at once”

Brian Tyree Henry, “Causeway”

Nina Hoss, “TÁR”

Brian d’Arcy James, “The Cathedral”

Ke Huy Quan, “Everything everywhere all at once”

Trevante Rhodes, “Bruiser”

Theo Rossi, “Criminal Emily”

Mark Rylance, “Bones and All”

Jonathan Tucker, “Palms and Power Lines”

Gabrielle Union, “Inspection”

Penetrating capacity

Frankie Corio, “Aftersun”

Gracija Filipović, “Murina”

Stephanie Hsu, “Everything everywhere all at once”

Lily McInerny, “Palm Trees and Power Lines”

Daniel Zolghadri, “Funny Pages”

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Best case scenario

“According to Yang”

“Catherine Called Birdy”

“Everything everywhere all at once”


Women who speak

Best first screenplay

“Bodies Bodies Bodies”


“Criminal Emily”

“Island of Fire”

“Palm trees and power lines”

Best cinematography



“Neptune’s Cold”



The best montage



“Everything everywhere all at once”

“Marcel shell with shoes”


Robert Altman Award

Women who speak

Best Documentary

“House of Fragments”

“Everything That Breathes”

“All Beauty and Bloodshed”


“Riotsville USA”

Best International Film



“Leonor Will Never Die”

“Return to the Soul”

“Holy Omer”

Someone to Watch Award

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

Nikyatu Jusu, “Nanny”

Araceli Lemos, “Holy Amy”

Truer Than Fiction Award

Isabel Castro, “Mija”

Reid Davenport, “I Didn’t See You There”

Rebeca Huntt, “Bayba”

John Cassavetes Award

“African Desperate”

“Love Song”


“Saint Amy”

“Something in the Dirt”

Producers Award

Liz Cardenas

Tory Lenosky

David Grove Churchill tour

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