2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Zola and The Novice lead all contenders, including nominations for Best Feature and Best Director alongside Mike Mills' C'mon C'mon and Maggie Gyllenhaal's The Lost Daughter.

by | December 14, 2021 | Comments

Riley Keough and Taylour Paige in Zola

(Photo by A24)

This morning, Film Independent announced their nominations for the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Regina Hall, Beanie Feinstein, and previous Spirit Award winner Naomi Watts presented the nominations via YouTube.

After a relatively quiet day yesterday when the Golden Globes and Critics Choice nominations were announced, Zola came on strong and sparked some much-needed buzz for the 2021 season with seven nominations, followed by The Novice with five. Both were nominated for Best Feature, and the directors of both — Janicza Bravo and Lauren Hadaway, respectively — were also nominated alongside Mike Mills for his quite black-and-white family dramedy C’mon C’mon. A24 led all nominations with 13, retaking the top nomination crown after being unseated by Netflix last year.

Mass was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director, and an ensemble cast, and FX’s Reservation Dogs was selected for the same honor on the television side.

Winners will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Sunday, March 6, 2022.

Did they get it right? See the full list of nominees below and let us know what you think of the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations in the comments.


Best Feature

Best Director

Janicza Bravo


Maggie Gyllenhaal

The Lost Daughter

Ninja Thyberg


Mike Mills

C'mon C'mon

Lauren Hadaway

The Novice

Best Screenplay

Nikole Beckwith

Together Together

Janicza Bravo & Jeremy O. Harris


Maggie Gyllenhaal

The Lost Daughter

Mike Mills

C'mon C'mon

Todd Stephens

Swan Song

Best First Feature

Best First Screenplay

Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr.

Wild Indian

Matt Fifer; Story by Sheldon D. Brown


Shatara Michelle Ford

Test Pattern

Fran Kranz


Michael Sarnoski; Story by Vanessa Block, Michael Sarnoski


Best Male Lead

Clifton Collins Jr. – Jockey 

Frankie Faison – The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

Michael Greyeyes – Wild Indian

Udo Kier – Swan Song

Simon Rex – Red Rocket

Best Female Lead

Isabelle Fuhrman – The Novice

Brittany S. Hall  – Test Pattern

Patti Harrison – Together Together

Taylour Paige – Zola

Kali Reis  – Catch the Fair One

Best Supporting Male

Colman Domingo – Zola  

Meeko Gattuso – Queen of Glory

Troy Kotsur  – CODA

Will Patton – Sweet Thing

Chaske Spencer – Wild Indian

Best Supporting Female

Jessie Buckley – The Lost Daughter

Amy Forsyth – The Novice

Ruth Negga – Passing

Revika Reustle – Pleasure

Suzanna Son – Red Rocket

Best Cinematography

Ante Cheng, Matthew Chuangl

Blue Bayou

Lol Crawley

The Humans

Tim Curtin

A Chiara

Edu Grau


Ari Wegner


Best International Film

Best Documentary

Best Editing

John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature under $500,000)

Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)

Truer Than Fiction Award

Alex Camilleri


Michael Sarnoski


Gillian Wallace Horvat

Try Harder!

Someone to Watch Award

The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

Ekwa Msangi

Farewell Amor

Producers Award

  • Brad Becker-Parton
  • Pin-Chun Liu
  • Lizzie Shapiro


Best New Scripted Series

Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series

Best Female Performance in a Scripted Series

Thuso Mbedu – The Underground Railroad

Anjana Vasan – We Are Lady Parts

Jana Schmieding – Rutherford Falls

Jasmine Cephus Jones  – Blindspotting

Deborah Ayorinde – THEM: Covenant

Best Male Performance in a Scripted Series

Lee Jung-jae – Squid Game 

Olly Alexander – It’s a Sin 

Michael Greyeyes – Rutherford Falls

Murray Bartlett – The White Lotus

Ashley Thomas – THEM: Covenant

Best Ensemble Cast in a New Scripted Series

Thumbnail image 

Are you as obsessed with awards as we are? Check out our Awards Leaderboard for 2021/2022.

Tag Cloud

video Year in Review docudrama Amazon Prime Peacock Turner Classic Movies Grammys Awards Tour saw all-time zero dark thirty fast and furious strong female leads Hollywood Foreign Press Association Oscars aapi marvel comics legend Arrowverse TCA talk show Music Family Nat Geo period drama ghosts Winners Musical action-comedy Christmas suspense Sundance TV television lord of the rings 2018 Spring TV rom-coms Television Critics Association Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt biography Bravo international trophy cancelled television Election black south america king kong rt labs critics edition travel comiccon know your critic Reality Competition science fiction Acorn TV Premiere Dates cops Cosplay Pride Month Binge Guide worst movies archives Alien robots 4/20 comic books Hulu based on movie Marathons japanese Character Guide Columbia Pictures criterion asian-american AMC Plus stand-up comedy OneApp Action Rocky Sneak Peek news Dark Horse Comics Pacific Islander satire what to watch pirates of the caribbean The Walking Dead prank Sundance Now Amazon Prime Video Instagram Live halloween Food Network CBS Musicals italian 007 composers Awards Sci-Fi 2020 The CW Pop live action SundanceTV Logo Paramount Plus franchise adventure Apple TV+ Neflix psycho vampires child's play dramedy ESPN Netflix Thanksgiving blockbuster nbcuniversal Broadway BBC tv talk golden globe awards Funimation natural history Fantasy TBS HBO Max Disney Channel 99% golden globes independent dreamworks facebook 2016 Showtime Wes Anderson festival sequel Black Mirror scary james bond 20th Century Fox halloween tv reviews fresh revenge YouTube Premium Ovation Superheroe Holiday critic resources Lifetime 2021 dexter black comedy Countdown PBS The Arrangement police drama Trophy Talk adaptation Heroines DC Comics canceled TV shows spider-verse cancelled TV series MCU First Reviews new york President Apple dc witnail 93rd Oscars Fox Searchlight Quiz FXX The Purge TCA Awards nfl parents Masterpiece crime TLC obituary Warner Bros. FX on Hulu Tomatazos joker El Rey 2019 First Look Amazon Studios festivals remakes slashers hist scorecard olympics kong stoner Walt Disney Pictures vs. Nominations Comic Book documentary elevated horror IFC spider-man rotten movies Set visit biopic screenings Apple TV Plus BET Awards Writers Guild of America crime drama Hallmark Christmas movies Animation Shudder Comics on TV E! gangster mob french animated Universal 21st Century Fox venice spain Superheroes Film Festival CMT Turner aliens Starz Winter TV jamie lee curtis Emmy Nominations comic book movie Pixar Lionsgate Mudbound mutant comedies Sundance anime Biopics YA technology screen actors guild new star wars movies disaster NBC women YouTube teaser Kids & Family Anna Paquin australia superman Freeform streaming singing competition high school RT History finale Song of Ice and Fire Emmys unscripted toronto IMDb TV BBC One Tarantino Best and Worst Disney streaming service The Witch blockbusters TV renewals OWN Disney Plus live event Teen quibi Comic-Con@Home 2021 TNT Opinion 45 Adult Swim LGBT DC streaming service book adaptation superhero Mystery Pop TV Interview Fox News cats E3 video on demand WarnerMedia free movies Certified Fresh APB concert Black History Month mockumentary Lucasfilm theme song Polls and Games National Geographic renewed TV shows football Amazon green book cars HFPA scary movies Television Academy award winner indie Vudu leaderboard YouTube Red royal family cults Martial Arts spanish language harry potter Infographic young adult ratings TV One a nightmare on elm street Ghostbusters Holidays Pirates VH1 Fargo rt labs Captain marvel 72 Emmy Awards IFC Films slasher Pet Sematary Spectrum Originals Drama Mindy Kaling versus game show Disney universal monsters cancelled japan See It Skip It ABC MSNBC politics USA Network rotten movies we love Elton John art house spinoff miniseries comic book movies rt archives cooking Creative Arts Emmys Red Carpet ABC Family kaiju name the review FOX USA mcc Stephen King Mary Tyler Moore Summer Watching Series sag awards feel good Syfy Baby Yoda Prime Video new zealand doctor who TCA Winter 2020 Calendar Tubi streaming movies kids Tags: Comedy comics TV New York Comic Con Rocketman Podcast Fall TV CW Seed 1990s breaking bad Hallmark Star Wars NYCC VICE book adenture Women's History Month Esquire Netflix Christmas movies Disney+ Disney Plus Schedule popular Extras scene in color psychological thriller sitcom Super Bowl Trailer jurassic park TV movies sopranos Shondaland TV Land Avengers Horror History directors ITV Video Games casting zombies PlayStation werewolf Crunchyroll children's TV cartoon BAFTA BET Comedy Central foreign 79th Golden Globes Awards Trivia Box Office sequels Crackle GoT hollywood A&E HBO Go social media Classic Film BBC America classics debate X-Men TruTV canceled chucky thriller Comedy Image Comics dceu DGA Exclusive Video dogs 73rd Emmy Awards AMC critics Marvel Studios comic WGN NBA historical drama ViacomCBS true crime Universal Pictures SXSW crossover space FX Epix hispanic hidden camera transformers Mary Poppins Returns DC Universe wonder woman Nickelodeon Valentine's Day A24 diversity genre hispanic heritage month San Diego Comic-Con series stop motion Legendary cinemax American Society of Cinematographers Academy Awards documentaries Spike TCM Hear Us Out Sony Pictures political drama PaleyFest best basketball The Academy romantic comedy mission: impossible Cartoon Network discovery Ellie Kemper Paramount heist movie 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Star Trek crime thriller TIFF Western toy story CNN GIFs ABC Signature SDCC emmy awards Mary poppins worst war twilight ID LGBTQ GLAAD CBS All Access indiana jones Film HBO nature medical drama movie spanish spy thriller monster movies posters die hard godzilla Country zombie Travel Channel Marvel Television game of thrones docuseries binge telelvision Endgame Discovery Channel Paramount Network boxing deadpool Tumblr dark Rock sports Rom-Com romance 71st Emmy Awards batman supernatural reboot MTV justice league Chernobyl films target 2017 VOD Toys 2015 Marvel TCA 2017 marvel cinematic universe dragons king arthur DirecTV cancelled TV shows Brie Larson richard e. Grant Photos Reality Britbox RT21 serial killer 24 frames Tokyo Olympics The Walt Disney Company trailers blaxploitation laika Chilling Adventures of Sabrina christmas movies Lifetime Christmas movies Cannes 90s boxoffice razzies anthology latino