The 2023 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were unveiled on Tuesday, November 22, crowning the past year’s top achievements in indie film. The awards ceremony is over three months away — it takes place March 4 in Santa Monica — but these films now gain traction in the months ahead on the road to the Oscars and other awards. This year’s crop of nominees were revealed by presenters Taylour Paige (a winner back in March for Best Female Lead, representing “Zola”) and Raúl Castillo (a nominee for Best Supporting Male for 2018’s “We the Animals”). This year’s television nominees will be revealed later on December 13.
In a first for Film Independent, this year’s awards shifted to gender-neutral acting categories in lead and supporting across film and television. Other category updates include new awards for Best Breakthrough Performance (film) and Best Supporting Performance in a New Scripted Series (television). All performance categories, excluding Breakthrough Performance, could feature up to 10 nominees.
Earlier this year, the organization also announced that the budget cap for eligible films has increased to $30 million, with the budget cap for the John Cassavetes Award now $1 million. Meanwhile, in response to the continuing effects of COVID on filmmakers and the industry, Film Independent is once again waiving the theatrical run typically required for eligibility, ensuring more opportunities for independent filmmakers to be recognized and celebrated.
The Film Independent Spirit Award nominations mark the second major indie awards bloc to define their nominees for the year in movies. Back in late October, the Gotham Awards announced their lineup for the New York ceremony taking place on November 28, with films like “TÁR,” “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” and “Aftersun” leading the pack.
You can watch the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations revealed virtually on YouTube.
Best First Feature
Best Lead Performance
Best Supporting Performance
Best First Screenplay
Robert Altman Award
Best International Film
Someone to Watch Award
Truer Than Fiction Award
John Cassavetes Award