‘The Lost Daughter’, ‘Reservation Dogs’ win big as Ukraine fuels stage remarks

“That’s what we do on Sundays: come down, sit in a tent,” Taika Waititi observed at Sunday’s 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony. The party returned to the beach in Santa Monica after last year’s show went live due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Waititi, who presented his FX series Reservation dogs with Best Overall Cast, continued, “If you’re in a tent, you’re camping. Don’t worry, you’re camping.

Inside that tent, the show’s big winners were Maggie Gyllenhaal and her directorial debut, The lost girlwith on-screen portrayal and the war in Ukraine fueling conversation and acceptance speeches.

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The lost girl marks the first time Netflix has won Best Picture at the awards show, having had titles in the running in 2020 (Marriage story) and 2021 (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom). “More than anything, we really want to thank all the parents – especially the mothers – who came to see us after seeing this film and felt they had been seen; let their experiences be on screen,” said producer Osnat Handelsman Keren.

Gyllenhaal won Best Screenplay and Best Director, one of four women nominated in the five-person directing category. The Spirit Award nominees for directing represented the direct reverse of the Best Director Oscar race, with four men and one woman (The power of the dog‘s Jane Campion) for the honor. Apart from Zhao and Gyllenhaal, only two other women have won in the category – Martha Coolidge in 1991 for Rambling Pink and Sofia Coppola in 2003 for lost in translation.

Gyllenhaal started tearing up on stage as he accepted the Best Director award, presented by last year’s winner, nomadland director Chloé Zhao, saying, “I like independent cinema. I grew up doing independent cinema. I love watching movies. Everyone here in this tent has struggled to get their movies done.

Elsewhere, CODA Actor Troy Kotsur continued to make history, winning Best Supporting Actor at Sunday’s ceremony, becoming the first deaf actor to win a Spirit Award. Kotsur also recently became the first deaf actor to win an individual SAG Award and is the first deaf man to earn an Oscar nomination and the second deaf actor nominated in the show’s history. (CODA co-star Marlee Matlin was the first deaf actor to be nominated and win an Oscar for Children of a lesser God.) “I can feel the spirit of the arts,” Kotsur said during his awards speech on the first of the afternoon.

The A24 titles won both lead actor awards. Simon Rex won for Red Rocket, with Taylor Paige winning for Zola, which was the most nominated track of the ceremony, also winning Best Editing for Joi McMillon. Elsewhere, drive my car won Best International Film honor; the award was presented during the commercial break, which came as a surprise. Traditionally, the prize is awarded during the telecast, with the off-air prizes being Best Cinematography and Best Editing.

For only the second year, the Spirit Awards recognized the work of creatives in television. The awards were held in five categories, with winners including Thuso Mbedu, who took home Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series for The Underground Railroadand squid game actor Lee Jung-jae, winning the male honor. Reservation dogs won Best New Scripted Series, with mostly native cast and crew members on stage. “We don’t want handouts, we just want an opportunity to tell our stories,” said series co-creator Sterling Harjo, who acknowledged the Santa Monica ceremony was taking place on the traditional lands of the Tongva people. .

The FX series also received Best Overall Cast, presented by an animated Waititi, who co-created and produced the show with Harjo. Star Devery Jacobs began the acceptance speech: “Each of us comes from different nations of Turtle Island who have survived 500 years of colonization. And in 100 years of film and television, Reservation dogs marks the first project with all Indigenous creatives at the helm. Actress Paulina Alexis continued her thanks, adding, “To the Tongva Nation, who welcome us all here tonight to their traditional and rightful territory.”

soul summer won Best Documentary, with director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson repeatedly thanking his fellow nominees, including fellow Oscar nominees To run away and Ascent. Thompson offered, “The world is burning outside, but we are celebrating here. For artists, it is very difficult to move forward, so I thank all the people in this category.

Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine was also on everyone’s mind, from hosts to presenters to winners.

“I would like to express my solidarity with the people of Ukraine,” said Ruth Negga as she received her award for best female support for Who passed, from a distance. Host Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally said they offered their “best wishes” to those nationwide. “I think we speak for everyone here when we say we hope for a quick and peaceful resolution. Specifically, fuck off and go home to Putin,” Mullally said, before she and Offerman raised their middle fingers to the camera.

See the full list of 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards winners here.

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