Everything Everywhere All at Once Lead Spirit Award Nominations

Everything Everywhere All at Once, the sci-fi comedy about a laundress played by Michelle Yeoh who must transcend space and time to save her family, led the 2023 Spirit Awards nominations, earning eight in all — including for Best Feature, for lead actor Yeow, and for directing duo The Daniels, aka Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

Tar, starring Cate Blanchett as an orchestra conductor in freefall, earned seven Spirit Awards nominations, including for Best Feature, lead actor Cate Blanchett, and director Todd Field. Among the films shut out was Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale, despite a wave of accolades for the film and star Brendan Fraser.

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There were 409 films eligible for Spirit Awards this year, a record. The nominations are open to films budgeted at $30 million or less, and this year’s acting categories are gender neutral for the first time. (The budget cap for the John Cassavetes Award, celebrating microbudget features, is $1 million.)

Guest presenters Taylour Paige and Raúl Castillo, both of whom were among last year’s winners, reveal the nominees of the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards in an announcement you can watch here or above. The awards will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2023.

Here’s the complete list of Spirit Awards nominees:

Best Feature
Bones and All
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Our Father, the Devil
Women Talking

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Best Director
Todd Field – Tar
Kogonada – After Yang
Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Sarah Polley – Women Talking
Halina Reijn – Bodies Bodies Bodies

Best Lead Performance

Cate Blanchett – Tar
Dale Dickey – A Love Song
Mia Goth – Pearl
Regina Hall – Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.
Paul Mescal – Aftersun
Aubrey Plaza – Emily the Criminal
Jeremy Pope – The Inspection
Taylor Russell – Bones and All
Andrea Riseborough – To Leslie
Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All at Once

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Best Supporting Performance

Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Brian Tyree Henry – Causeway
Nina Hoss – Tar
Brian D’Arcy James – The Cathedral
Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Trevante Rhodes – Bruiser
Theo Rossi – Emily the Criminal
Mark Rylance – Bones and All
Jonathan Tucker – Palm Trees and Power Lines
Gabrielle Union – The Inspection

Best Screenplay
After Yang
Catherine Called Birdy
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Women Talking

Best First Screenplay
Bodies Bodies Bodies
Emily the Criminal
Fire Island
Palm Trees and Power Lines

Best First Feature
Emily the Criminal
The Inspection
Palm Trees and Power Lines

John Cassavetes Award 
The African Desperate
A Love Song
The Cathedral
Holy Emy
Something in the Dirt

Best Cinematography
Neptune Frost

Best Documentary

House Made of Splinters
All that Breathes
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Riotsville, U.S.A.

Best Editing
The Cathedral
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Robert Altman Award (Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast)

Women Talking (MGM/United Artists Releasing)

Best International Film
Leonor Will Never Die
Return to Seoul
Saint Omer

Producers Award
Liz Cardenas
Tory Lenosky
David Grove Churchill Viste

Best Breakthrough Performance
Frankie Corio – Aftersun
Garcija Filipovic – Murina
Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Lilly McInerny – Palm Trees and Power Lines
Daniel Zolghardi – Funny Pages

Someone to Watch Award
Adamma Ebo – Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul
Nikyatu Jusu – Nanny
Araceli Lemos – Holy Emy

“The Truer Than Fiction Award”
Isabel Castro – Mija
Reid Davenport – I Didn’t See You There
Rebeca Huntt – Beba

Main image: Everything Everywhere All at Once