2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards: The Winners

Film Independent Spirit Awards

Solzy at the Movies will be providing live updates as the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards return to the Santa Monica beach.

Comedy power couple Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman are hosting this afternoon’s ceremony, which you can watch on IFC or stream on AMC+ starting at 5 PM ET.

Celebrating creative independence, original, provocative subject matter, diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision, the 37th Film Independent Spirit Awards will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2022, positioning it squarely in the corridor leading into Oscar voting. Returning to its home on the Santa Monica beach, the in-person show will be broadcast exclusively on IFC. The Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for the nonprofit Film Independent’s year-round slate of programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity and inclusion in the industry.

It is not a surprise to see Russia’s invasion of Ukraine come up during the broadcast.

Megan Mullaly: “Fuck off and go home, Putin.”

Nick Offerman gives Putin a Spirit Awards salute: the middle finger.

Kyle and Jean Ojay of the Ojays – I love the Summer of Soul spoof! “Das Pizza Pie” became a hit in Germany.

Sam Richardson is hysterical. Please cast him in more parts, Hollywood!

Taika Waititi brings the laughs as he presents the award for Best Ensemble in a New Scripted Series.

Upon winning Best Director, Maggie Gyllenhaal shouts out all of the people on her team who are in the categories that the Academy decided to present before the live Oscars telecast.


Best Supporting Male: Troy Kotsur, CODA

John Cassavettes Award (given to the best feature made under $500,000): Shiva Baby
Writer/Director/Producer: Emma Seligman
Producers: Kieran Altmann, Katie Schiller, Lizzie Shapiro

Best Documentary: Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Producers: David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent, Joseph Patel

Best First Screenplay: Michael Sarnoski; Story by Vanessa Block, Michael Sarnoski, Pig

Best First Feature: 7 Days
Director: Roshan Sethi
Producers: Liz Cardenas, Mel Eslyn

Truer Than Fiction Award (presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition: Jessica Beshir, Director of Faya Dayi

Best Screenplay: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter

Best Supporting Female: Ruth Negga, Passing

Robert Altman Award (Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast): Mass
Director: Fran Kranz
Casting Directors: Henry Russell Bergstein, Allison Estrin
Ensemble Cast: Kagen Albright, Reed Birney, Michelle N. Carter, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Breeda Wool

Producers Award: Lizzie Shapiro

Best Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter

Best Female Lead: Taylour Paige, Zola

Someone to Watch Award: Alex Camilleri, Director of Luzzu

Best Male Lead: Simon Rex, Red Rocket

Best Editing: Joi McMillon, Zola

Best Cinematography: Edu Gray, Passing

Best International Film: Drive My Car (Japan)
Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Best Feature: The Lost Daughter
Producers: Charles Dorfman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Osnat Handelsman Keren, Talia Kleinhendler


Best New Scripted Series: Reservation Dogs
Creators/Executive Producers: Sterlin Harjo, Taika Waititi
Executive Producer: Garrett Basch

Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series: Black and Missing
Series By/Executive Producers: Soledad O’Brien, Geeta Gandbhir
Executive Producers: Jo Honig, Patrick Conway, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Sara Rodriguez

Best Male Performance in a New Scripted Series: Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game

Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series: Thuso Mbedu, The Underground Railroad

Best Ensemble in a New Scripted Series: Reservation Dogs
Ensemble Cast: Devery Jacobs, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Lane Factor, Paulina Alexis, Sarah Podemski, Zahn McClarnon, Lil Mike, FunnyBone

The 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards are airing exclusively on IFC and stream on AMC+ at 5:00 pm ET on March 6, 2022.

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Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.