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

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