- by Chelsea Bailey
- BBC from Washington
Everything Everywhere All at Once swept Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards in nearly every major category, cementing its status as the Oscar frontrunner.
This dynamic, multiverse-spanning family drama has won numerous awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editing.
Comedian Hasan Minhaj hosted the star-studded event live from the beach in Santa Monica, California. The annual awards show recognizes the best of the best in independent film and television.
This year, for the first time in the award’s 37-year history, the Best Actor category is all gender neutral.
Minhaj started the night with a hilarious and sometimes barbed roast of the nominees and the film industry. At one point, he embarrassed actress Cate Blanchett so much that she crawled under a table.
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Actor Ke Huy Quan won the first Best Supporting Actor award of the night for his performance in Everything Everywhere.
Kwon, who has worked behind the scenes for most of his career, used his speech to pay tribute to the often obscure crew members, from boom operators to stunt coordinators, who make movies possible.
Subsequently, Michelle Yeoh won the Best Actress Award for the film, while Xu Xiaoni took off her shoes and ran on stage to accept the Best Breakthrough Performance Award.
“This is my first individual award and it feels very fitting in this room,” Hsu said.
It’s also a big night for first-time nominees. Ayo Edebiri won Best Supporting Actor in a New Screened Series for her role in The Bear.
Actor Sheryl Lee Ralph, also nominated in the same category, later recalled how she pleaded for diversity in Hollywood for much of her early career.
“I’m standing here tonight because Best Supporting Actress in Television lost to Ayo,” Ms Ralph said. “I have to be honest, this is what change looks like.”
One of the most intriguing moments of the night so far came when filmmaker Reid Davenport won the “True Than Fiction” award. Davenport’s film “I Didn’t See You There” depicts his daily life in a wheelchair as he travels around the world due to his disability.
“There are a lot of disabled artists who are trying to break into the industry but don’t have the opportunity,” Mr Davenport said. “I humbly ask you to let them in. It’s time,” Davenport said.
Independent Spirit Awards: Big Winner
Best Feature – Everything Everywhere
Best Actress – Michelle Yeoh “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Best Supporting Actor – Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All On Once
Best Director – Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All On Once
Best Screenplay – Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All Once
Best Documentary Feature – All the Beauty and the Bleeding
Best International Film – Joyland
Best First Feature Film – Aftersun
Best First Screenplay – John Barton Ford, Emily the Criminal
Robert Altman Award – Women Speak