How to watch 2022 Independent Spirit Awards live stream online right now

Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman attend "Thelma And Louise" 30th Anniversary drive-in charity screening experience hosted by MGM and Cinespia at The Greek Theatre on June 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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It's time to watch the 2022 Independent Spirit Awards online and enjoy the annual opportunity for the year's best indie movies and TV shows to take the spotlight. The 37th Film Independent Spirit Awards are returning to an in-person ceremony, with hosts (and married couple) Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.

2022 Spirit Awards start time, channel

2022 Independent Spirit Awards air Today (Sunday, March 6).
5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT
Watch on: IFC (via Sling TV or Fubo TV)
Stream on: AMC Plus

In years past, the Independent Spirit Awards aired on the Saturday before the Oscars. Their schedule has shifted, so now they take place as Academy members are voting.

The 2022 Spirit Award film nominees include The Lost Daughter, Drive My Car, Summer of Soul, Mike Mills, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Simon Rex, Ruth Negga and Oscar nominee Troy Kotsur. 

TV nominees include Reservation Dogs, We Are Lady Parts, The Underground Railroad, Lee Jung-Jae of Squid Game. 

This year's Robert Altman Award goes to the film Mass, its director Fran Kranz, casting directors and ensemble cast members including Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton.

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch the 2022 Independent Spirit Awards online. Scroll down for the full list of nominees.

How to watch 2022 Independent Spirit Awards online from anywhere on Earth

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How to watch 2022 Independent Spirit Awards in the US

U.S. viewers can watch the 37th Film Independent Spirit Awards air Sunday, March 6 at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT on IFC.

IFC is available with a cable package. If you've already cut the cord, you can watch Top Chef live on several live TV streaming services, including Sling TV, Fubo TV, Philo, YouTube TV and DirecTV Stream.

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The Spirit Awards are also streaming on AMC Plus, a streaming bundle that combines the best from AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV, Shudder, Sundance Now, and IFC Films Unlimited.

The library contains originals, award-winning series, popular movies, festival favorites, plus horror, sci-fi, true crime, and thrillers. Subscribers also get early access to new episodes of hit series like The Walking Dead. 

Subscribe to AMC Plus directly through the website, or through popular platforms like Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video Channels. We recommend subscribing through Sling TV.

How to watch 2022 Independent Spirit Awards in Canada

Canadians can watch the 2022 Independent Spirit Awards on Hollywood Suite, if they get the channel through their provider.

If you are traveling in Canada and want to access the streaming services you already pay for, you'll need ExpressVPN.

How to watch 2022 Independent Spirit Awards in the UK

Bad news for Brits: It doesn't look like the 2022 Independent Spirit Awards are being broadcast on any UK channels. 

Travelers who want to access their paid services can do so with ExpressVPN.

2022 Independent Spirit Awards nominations

Best Feature

  • A Chiara
  • C'mon C'mon
  • The Lost Daughter
  • The Novice
  • Zola

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 as Jackson Silva
  • Frankie Faison – The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain as Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.
  • Michael Greyeyes – Wild Indian as Makwa
  • Udo Kier – Swan Song as Pat Pitsenbarger
  • Simon Rex – Red Rocket as Mikey Saber

Best Female Lead

  • Isabelle Fuhrman – The Novice as Alex Dall
  • Brittany S. Hall – Test Pattern as Renesha Bell
  • Patti Harrison – Together Together as Anna
  • Taylour Paige – Zola as Aziah "Zola" King
  • Kali Reis – Catch the Fair One as Kaylee "K.O." Uppashaw

Best Supporting Male

  • Colman Domingo – Zola as Abegunde "X" Olawale
  • Meeko Gattuso – Queen of Glory as Pitt
  • Troy Kotsur – CODA as Frank Rossi
  • Will Patton – Sweet Thing as Adam
  • Chaske Spencer – Wild Indian as Teddo

Best Supporting Female

  • Jessie Buckley – The Lost Daughter as Young Leda Caruso
  • Amy Forsyth – The Novice as Jamie Brill
  • Ruth Negga – Passing as Clare Bellew
  • Revika Reustle – Pleasure as Joy
  • Suzanna Son – Red Rocket as Strawberry

Best Screenplay

  • Nikole Beckwith – Together Together
  • Janicza Bravo and Jeremy O. Harris – Zola
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Lost Daughter
  • Mike Mills – C'mon C'mon
  • Todd Stephens – Swan Song

Best First Screenplay

  • Sheldon D. Brown and Matthew Fifer – Cicada
  • Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr. – Wild Indian
  • Shatara Michelle Ford – Test Pattern
  • Fran Kranz – Mass
  • Michael Sarnoski and Vanessa Block – Pig

Best First Feature

  • 7 Days
  • Holler
  • Queen of Glory
  • Test Pattern
  • Wild Indian

Best Documentary Feature

  • Ascension
  • Flee
  • In the Same Breath
  • Procession
  • Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Best Cinematography

  • Ante Cheng and Matthew Chuang – Blue Bayou
  • Lol Crawley – The Humans
  • Tim Curtin – A Chiara
  • Eduard Grau – Passing
  • Ari Wegner – Zola

Best Editing

  • Affonso Gonçalves – A Chiara
  • Ali Greer – The Nowhere Inn
  • Lauren Hadaway and Nathan Nugent – The Novice
  • Joi McMillon – Zola
  • Enrico Natale – The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

Best International Film

  • Compartment No. 6 ( Estonia /  Finland /  Germany /  Russia)
  • Drive My Car ( Japan)
  • Parallel Mothers ( Spain)
  • Pebbles ( India)
  • Petite Maman ( France)
  • Prayers for the Stolen ( Mexico)

Best New Scripted Series

  • Blindspotting (Starz)
  • It's a Sin (Channel 4)
  • Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  • The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  • We Are Lady Parts (Channel 4)

Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series

  • Black and Missing (HBO)
  • The Choe Show (FX)
  • The Lady and the Dale (HBO)
  • Nuclear Family (HBO)
  • Philly D.A. (PBS)

Best Male Performance in a New Scripted Series

  • Olly Alexander – It's a Sin as Ritchie Tozer (Channel 4)
  • Murray Bartlett – The White Lotus as Armond (HBO)
  • Michael Greyeyes – Rutherford Falls as Terry Thomas (Peacock)
  • Lee Jung-jae – Squid Game as Seong Gi-hun (Netflix)
  • Ashley Thomas – Them: Covenant as Henry Emory (Prime Video)

Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series

  • Deborah Ayorinde – Them: Covenant as Livia "Lucky" Emory (Prime Video)
  • Jasmine Cephas Jones – Blindspotting as Ashley Rose (Starz)
  • Thuso Mbedu – The Underground Railroad as Cora Randall (Prime Video)
  • Jana Schmieding – Rutherford Falls as Reagan Wells (Peacock)
  • Anjana Vasan – We Are Lady Parts as Amina (Channel 4)

Best Ensemble Cast in a New Scripted Series

  • Reservation Dogs: Paulina Alexis, Funny Bone, Lane Factor, Devery Jacobs, Zahn McClarnon, Lil Mike, Sarah Podemski, and D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai

John Cassavetes Award

(The award is given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director, and producer)

  • Cryptozoo
  • Jockey
  • Shiva Baby
  • Sweet Thing
  • This Is Not a War Story
  • Robert Altman Award

Robert Altman Award

(The award is given to one film's director, casting director, and ensemble cast)

Mass – Fran Kranz (director), Henry Russell Bergstein (casting director), Allison Estrin (casting director), Kagen Albright, Reed Birney, Michelle N. Carter, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, and Breeda Wool

Producers Award

The award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

*Lizzie Shapiro
Brad Becker-Parton
Pin-Chun Liu

Someone to Watch Award

The award recognizes talented filmmakers of singular vision who have not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

*Alex Camilleri – Luzzu
Gillian Wallace Horvat – I Blame Society
Michael Sarnoski – Pig

Truer than Fiction Award

The award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

*Jessica Beshir – Faya Dayi
Debbie Lum – Try Harder!
Angelo Madsen Minax – North by Current

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