Independent Spirit Awards: “Zola” Leads with Seven Nods

Riley Keough and Taylour Paige in
Riley Keough and Taylour Paige in "Zola"

If the awards season happens to be your favorite time of the year, you’re probably excited about all the nomination announcements making headlines this week. After the Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Awards also unveiled their list of contenders, with Zola leading the way.

The Viral Twitter thread-turned successful indie comedy scored a total of seven nominations, including best feature. A Chiara, C’mon C’mon, The Lost Daughter, and The Novice also received nods in this category.

Zora is in the running for six more awards—best director and screenplay for Janicza Bravo, best female lead for Taylour Paige, best-supporting male for Colman Domingo, best editing, and best cinematography. The list of major contenders also includes The Novice with five nods and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut The Lost Daughter with four.

The Independent Spirt Awards also announced nominations in several TV categories. Blindspotting, It’s a Sin, Reservation Dogs, The Underground Railroad, and We Are Lady Parts have been nominated for the best new scripted series. Reservation Dogs is also expected to be honored with the award for the best ensemble cast.

The 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on March 6th, 2022 marking a major date shift after years of being held on the Saturday before the Academy Awards.


Best Feature

“A Chiara”

“C’mon C’mon”

“The Lost Daughter”

“The Novice”


Best Director

Janicza Bravo, “Zola”

Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Lost Daughter”

Lauren Hadaway, “The Novice”

Mike Mills, “C’mon C’mon”

Ninja Thyberg, “Pleasure”

Best Male Lead

Clifton Collins Jr., “Jockey”

Frankie Faison, “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 Female

Jessie Buckley, “The Lost Daughter”

Amy Forsyth, “The Novice”

Ruth Negga, “Passing”

Revika Reustle, “Pleasure”

Suzanna Son, “Red Rocket”

Best Supporting Male

Colman Domingo, “Zola”

Meeko Gattuso, “Queen of Glory”

Troy Kotsur, “CODA”

Will Patton, “Sweet Thing”

Chaske Spencer, “Wild Indian”

Best Screenplay

Nikole Beckwith, “Together Together”

Janicza Bravo, Jeremy O. Harris, “Zola”

Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Lost Daughter”

Mike Mills, “C’mon C’mon”

Todd Stephens, “Swan Song”

Best First Screenplay

Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr., “Wild Indian ”

Matt Fifer; Story by Sheldon D. Brown, “Cicada”

Shatara Michelle Ford, “Test Pattern ”

Fran Kranz, “Mass”

Michael Sarnoski; Story by Vanessa Block, Michael Sarnoski, “Pig”

Best First Feature

“7 Days”


“Queen of Glory”

“Test Pattern”

“Wild Indian”

John Cassavetes Award (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)



“Shiva Baby”

“Sweet Thing”

“This is Not a War Story”

Best Cinematography

“A Chiara”

“Blue Bayou”

“The Humans”



Best Documentary



“In The Same Breath”


“Summer of Soul”

Best Editing

“A Chiara”

“The Nowhere Inn”

“The Novice”


“The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain”

Robert Altman Award (Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast)


Best International Film

“Compartment No. 6”

“Drive My Car”

“Parallel Mothers”


“Petite Maman”

“Prayers for the Stolen”

Producers Award

Brad Becker-Parton

Pin-Chun Liu

Lizzie Shapiro

Someone to Watch Award

Alex Camilleri, “Luzzu”

Michael Sarnoski, “Pig”

Gillian Wallace Horvat, “I Blame Society”

“The Truer Than Fiction Award”

Angelo Madsen Minax, “North By Current”

Jessica Beshir, “Faya Dayi”

Debbie Lum, “Try Harder!”


Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series

“Black and Missing”

“The Choe Show”

“The Lady and The Dale”

“Nuclear Family”

“Philly D.A.”

Best New Scripted Series


“It’s a Sin”

“Reservation Dogs”

“The Underground Railroad”

“We Are Lady Parts”

Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series

Thuso Mbedu, “The Underground Railroad”

Anjana Vasan, “We Are Lady Parts”

Jana Schmieding, “Rutherford Falls”

Jasmine Cephas Jones, “Blindspotting”

Deborah Ayorinde, “THEM: Covenant”

Best Male Performance in a New 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

“Reservation Dogs”