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Spirit Awards Snubs: ‘The Novice,’ ‘Wild Indian’ Shut Out

Indigenous representation had a moment during the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards, with the Native American-centric Reservation Dogs winning best new scripted series and its cast taking the stage for the show’s previously announced best ensemble win, but two other projects with Indigenous leads — Wild Indian and Rutherford Falls — failed to win a […]

Spirit Awards: Bashing Putin, Making History and Celebrating Diversity Among Show’s Memorable Moments

Film Independent handed out its Independent Spirit Awards on Sunday. The show aired live on IFC and AMC+, but if you missed it, here are five memorable moments from the ceremony. Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally Tell Putin to “F*** Off and Go Home” Hosts Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally directly addressed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, […]

Spirit Awards: ‘The Lost Daughter’ Team Dedicates Win to Brave, Loving and Nurturing Mothers

The Lost Daughter won best feature at the 2022 Independent Spirit Awards on Sunday. Marking Gyllenhaal’s third honor of the night — following best director and best screenplay — she accepted the award alongside producers Charles Dorfman, Osnat Handelsman Keren and Talia Kleinhendler. The group all thanked their production team, but also celebrated their personal relationships […]

Spirit Awards: Taylour Paige Speaks About Impossible Circumstances While Accepting Best Lead Actress Prize

Taylour Paige spoke about the “impossible circumstances” of being human while accepting the best female lead honor for her titular role in Zola at the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Sunday. The first-time winner became emotional during her acceptance speech. After admitting she was “in shock,” Paige joked that she wrote her speech ahead […]

Spirit Awards: ‘Red Rocket’ Star Simon Rex Jokes About Prominent Prosthetic After Best Male Lead Win

Simon Rex won his first Film Independent Spirit Award for his leading role in Red Rocket on Sunday and thanked the organization for recognizing his prosthetic worn in Sean Baker’s film. “Ok, what the fuck?” Rex said onstage. “Thank you, Film Independent, for recognizing my fake penis. Where do I begin? Sean Baker…you took a […]

Spirit Awards: Best Director Winner Maggie Gyllenhaal Delivers Tear-Filled Philosophy on Being True to Oneself

Maggie Gyllenhaal won best director for The Lost Daughter at the 2022 Independent Spirit Awards. Gyllenhaal broke down in tears as she recognized the power and importance of love, independent film and The Lost Daughter’s various production members while accepting the honor on Sunday in Santa Monica. After telling herself to “keep it together” while […]

Spirit Awards: Winners List

The Lost Daughter was the big winner at the 37th annual Independent Spirit Awards, which were handed out Sunday afternoon by Film Independent. The film was named best feature, and Maggie Gyllenhaal won the awards for best screenplay and best director. While she has been nominated twice as an actor, this marked her first noms […]

Spirit Awards: Taika Waititi Presents Best Ensemble Cast Award to His ‘Reservation Dogs’ Stars

Taika Waititi took the stage at the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Sunday to present the best ensemble cast award to Reservation Dogs, a show he created with Sterlin Harjo. Waititi presented the award to the cast that is “so deserving, very hardworking, also a cast that I hand-selected with my friend for our […]

Spirit Awards: Lee Jung-jae, Thuso Mbedu Become First-Time Winners for Best Male, Female Leads in TV Series

Lee Jung-jae and Thuso Mbedu were given the best male and female lead honors for TV series during the 2022 Independent Spirit Awards on Sunday. Before revealing the winners, presenters Sebastian Stan and Daisy Edgar-Jones explained shows are “considered indie” when they are new. Squid Game star Lee wasn’t able to attend the show due […]

Spirit Awards: Andrew Garfield Presents Robert Altman Award to ‘Mass’ Team

Andrew Garfield presented the Robert Altman Award at the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards to his old friend, Fran Kranz, for his film Mass. The two starred in Mike Nichols’ Broadway production of Death of a Salesman in 2012, and Garfield said he’s been “incredibly impressed with what he’s done with this film, which happens […]

Spirit Awards: Ruth Negga Speaks About Being Creative in “Solidarity” in Best Supporting Actress Speech

Ruth Negga spoke about the importance of community and working in “solidarity” while accepting the best supporting female award for her role in Passing. She won the honor during the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Sunday. The actress wasn’t able to attend the awards show in person, but she spoke about the win in […]

‘CODA’ Star Troy Kotsur Makes History as First Deaf Actor to Win Spirit Award

Troy Kotsur made history as the first deaf actor to win at the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Sunday. The actor won the best supporting male award for his role in CODA, in which he plays deaf fisherman Frank Rossi. After thanking the audience, Kotsur said he was touched to be in the same […]