Everything Everywhere All At Once swept the board at the Independent Spirit Awards over the weekend.
The absurdist comedy-drama, starring Michelle Yeoh, swept all seven categories it was nominated for and broke a record for the most awards given to a single film in the history of the awards show.
Its seven wins included Best Feature, Best Lead Performance for Yeoh, Best Supporting Performance for Ke Huy Quan, Best Breakthrough Performance for Stephanie Hsu and Best Screenplay and Best Director for Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
In an emotional acceptance speech, Yeoh called the award “so special” and said, “Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
It was nominated for eight prizes overall, but Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis were competing against each other in the same gender-neutral supporting category.
The wins solidify the movie’s frontrunner status going into the Academy Awards, which take place on 12 March.
Elsewhere, Charlotte Wells won Best First Feature for Aftersun, John Patton Ford was awarded Best First Screenplay for Emily the Criminal and Sarah Polley and the cast of Women Talking, including Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley and Rooney Mara, were honoured with the Robert Altman Award.
The 2023 Independent Spirit Awards took place at the Santa Monica Pier in California on Saturday.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Feature: Everything Everywhere All At Once
Best Lead Performance: Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Best Supporting Performance: Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Best Breakthrough Performance: Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Best Director: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Best Screenplay: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Best First Feature: Aftersun
Best First Screenplay: John Patton Ford – Emily the Criminal
Best Documentary Feature: All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Best International Film: Joyland
Best Cinematography: Florian Hoffmeister – Tár
Best Editing: Paul Rogers – Everything Everywhere All At Once
John Cassavetes Award: The Cathedral
Robert Altman Award: Women Talking
Best New Scripted Series: The Bear
Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series: The Rehearsal
Best Lead Performance in a New Scripted Series: Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary
Best Supporting Performance in a New Scripted Series: Ayo Edebiri – The Bear
Best Ensemble Cast in a New Scripted Series: Pachinko.
– Cover Media