The film Everything Everywhere All at Once won nearly all of the main categories at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, confirming its position as an Oscar front-runner.
The family epic’s several accolades include Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Editing for its energetic, multiverse-spanning design.
The event was hosted live from Santa Monica Beach, California, by comedian Hasan Minhaj. The greatest in independent film and television are recognized at the yearly awards ceremony.
The best actor categories this year were all gender neutral for the first time in the award’s 37-year history.
With a sometimes scathing roast of the nominees and the movie business, Minhaj kicked off the evening. He once made Cate Blanchett, an actress, hide under the table out of sheer embarrassment.
The first prize of the evening went to actor Ke Huy Quan for his work in Everything Everywhere as Best Supporting Actor.
Quan, who has worked primarily behind the scenes throughout his career, used his remarks to honor the crew members—from boom operators to stunt coordinators—who make movies possible.
Stephanie Hsu took off her shoes to run onstage and claim the award for Best Breakthrough Performance after Michelle Yeoh won for Best Lead Performance in the Movie.
A big night was also had by the first-time nominees. For her work in The Bear, Ayo Edebiri was awarded Best Supporting Performance in a New Scripted Series.
Sheryl Lee Ralph, an actress who was also nominated in the same category, subsequently recalled how much of her early career was spent pleading with Hollywood to diversity.
Ms. Ralph stated, “I stand here tonight having lost to Ayo the award for best supporting actress in television. “I have to be honest and say that’s how change appears.”
The awarding of the “Truer than Fiction” Prize to filmmaker Reid Davenport was unquestionably one of the evening’s most gripping moments. I Didn’t See You There, a movie by Davenport, chronicles his daily existence as a disabled person who travels the world in a wheelchair.
Many disabled artists who are seeking to break into the profession are not given an opportunity, according to Mr. Davenport. “I humbly request that you let them in. It’s now.” stated Davenport.