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Spirit Awards: Independent films move to gender-neutral categories

Film IndieSpirit of IndieAwardsAwards2022Indie Movies – henceforth would mean movies costing 13 million or less, or John Cassavetes award movies costing $1 million or less — will hit theaters on March 4, 2023, the group announced Tuesday. The categories for Spirit Award nominees and winners will look different than ever.

In fact, the organization has decided to swap its “Best Actor”, “Best Actress”, “Best Supporting Actor” and “Best Supporting Actress” awards – – Film and TV Performance – Nominations in gender neutral categories with equal nominations, namely Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

“We are excited to join other film festivals and awards ceremonies that have begun to celebrate outstanding performances regardless of gender,” said Independent Films President Josh Wales said in a statement. “We are also happy to welcome non-binary performers into the 2022 Spirit Awards , rather than forcing them to choose male or female.”

Welsh continued, “Furthermore, it’s been a long time since we significantly raised the budget limit for eligibility. This new cap allows us to continue celebrating the same extensive work we’ve done in the past.”

Film Independent is following the Grammy Awards, Gotham Awards, British Independent Film Awards and MTV Movie and TV Awards when it comes to gender neutral categories.

While the Best Lead Performance and Best Supporting Performance categories each have their own 13 nominations, Best Breakthrough Performance – a new category, also gender neutral – will have only five.

In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on filmmakers and the industry, the organization has once again decided to waive its theatrical eligibility requirements.

38 Film nominations for Spirit Awards will be held in November 2022 Published virtually. Television nominations will be announced in December , 2022. The 38 Spirit Award Ceremony will be held on March 4 38.



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